Every year the 19 November is a celebration of International Men’s Day. This year, 2020, the global theme of the event is “Better health for men and boys”.  In the UK the three core themes of International Men's Day are:

  • Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys
  • Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing
  • Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity

More widely the month of November is regarded as men’s health awareness month. Various charities and organisations, to include those such as Movember and Prostate Cancer UK,  seek to bring awareness to some of the health challenges faced by men – including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

There are a number of complex issues that statistically affect men more than women, and where there is scope to take action and make a positive difference, for example:

  • Globally men die 6 years younger than women.
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men.
  • Men are nearly twice as likely to suffer from lung cancer than women, and also nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease than women.
  • More than one person dies every hour from prostate cancer.

In the current pandemic, and following recent statistics about record levels of loneliness, now more than ever is the time to raise awareness of men’s mental health challenges and talk openly and honestly about men’s health. Men's health charities also encourage men to speak openly about their physical health, to know the signs of prostate, testicular and other cancers and to seek medical attention, even though it may be embarrassing.

This month Macmillan Cancer Support has also launched a campaign "Tell us the Score" encouraging men to open up to a brother, boss, mate or Macmillan about cancer and acknowledging the difficulties which men can sometimes face in seeking support and talking about cancer. 

We support the goal of International Men’s Day in improving the wellbeing and health of men and boys. In the Freeths Clinical Negligence team, we see the impact which delays in treatment can cause and also how our clients can benefit from support with their mental health where this is needed.

Although we are, for the time being, not able to meet clients in person, our specialist clinical negligence team at Freeths is here to support and advise clients. We are available for meetings and consultations via telephone, email, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype and any other digital platform that works for you.

If you have concerns about the treatment which you or a loved one has received, please contact a member of our national clinical negligence team for a free, confidential discussion:-

  • Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/London/Bristol/Milton Keynes) on 0186 578 1019 carolyn.lowe@freeths.co.uk 
  • Karen Reynolds, Partner (Derby/Stoke on Trent/Birmingham/Manchester/Liverpool) on 0845 274 6830 karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk
  • Jane Williams, Partner (Nottingham/Leicester/Sheffield/Leeds) on 0845 272 5724 jane.williams@freeths.co.uk

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