Here at the Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards, we strive to create a world where mental health and wellbeing are a priority for everyone, and where we are doing everything we can to support ourselves, and the people around us.
This week we're celebrating Men’s Health Week by encouraging all men to sit back and take a look at their health, whether physically or mentally, and make positive steps to help themselves - it's time to take your own M.O.T.
While we've been focused on the pandemic we've taken our eyes off other serious conditions.
We know early-stage cancer diagnoses fell by a third in the first lockdown and that shortfall has continued. Macmillan Cancer Support believes that around 50,000 people have missed a cancer diagnosis during the pandemic. Prostate cancer diagnoses, for example, were down 29% between 2019 and 2020. That's not because prostate cancer is getting rarer (it isn't), but because men weren't seeing their GPs to get diagnosed. Overall, in that time frame male GP visits fell more than female visits, and whilst there may have been good reasons for this fall during the lockdown, now is time to make changes.
As well as the physical health neglection in men over recent years, mental wellbeing is also something that needs to be given more attention. When the pandemic hit in 2020, male suicide rates hit a two-decade high - with 5,691 male suicides that year alone. And in overall suicide rates, three quarters were all men.
These horrifying statistics give us all the more reason for men to keep an eye on their own bodies and minds and give themselves a full body MOT.
We encourage you to;
- Take notice and take care of what's going on in your body and mind.
- Take this quick and easy DIY Man MOT
- Dig a bit deeper with these Man MOT manuals: Man MOT and Man MOT for the Mind.
- Get an NHS Health Check
- Go and see your GP or use NHS 111 if you're concerned about any symptoms, physically or mentally.
- Share this topic with your friends and family, so that they do the same.