Every month commemorates some cause, and June is no exception. I just noticed that last week was Men’s Health Week and the entire month of June is Men’s Health Month. Because men are considered to be the ‘privileged’ sex in this society, I think that we tend to also just assume that they are stronger and are in better health. But national campaigns like one for breast cancer almost give off an idea that other diseases are less of a concern. The truth is that men live shorter lives than women and that men also have health issues, including concerns about mental health. According to Menshealthmonth.org, the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
While going through the site, I came across several brochures about men’s health, including a whole separate one about men’s mental health! ‘Your Head: An Owner’s Manual–Understanding Depression, Anxiety and Stress’ , one in the series of brochures by Men’s Health Network, it is a plain spoken, short read that actually takes into account the situation that the reader must be in to seek such a brochure. Their publication for general health, Blueprint for Men’s Health, is also available here in a PDF format.
There are a few more days left in this month to celebrate Men’s Health Month, so if you’re so inclined, wear blue and talk to your male friends and loved ones about the importance of their health.