Men's policy forum event highlights major issues for the men's sector

21 Jun 2013     Last updated: 8 Oct 2014

NICVA’s Men’s Policy Forum held an event on Friday 7 June which gave an opportunity for a number of projects to showcase ongoing work related specifically to men and their health and well-being.

It also offered an opportunity for networking and sharing information about their own projects. The event explored the myth that men’s health is not a central policy issue and reiterated how there is support for men out there if the right signposting is widely available.

Organisations and projects that presented on the day included Samaritans, Simon Community, Opportunity Youth, Wise Men of the East, Rainbow Project, Men’s Action Network, The Wider Circle, Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and Belfast Metropolitan College.

Important issues highlighted by the different organisations and projects on the day were poverty, homelessness, physical and emotional well-being, sexual health, trauma and trauma recovery and the need for a more robust approach to dealing with mental health issues specifically for men.

 A few of the people presenting at the event highlighted some of the main issues for the men's sector;

Men's Policy Forum from NICVA on Vimeo.

Central to the event was the ‘ask’ for the NI Executive to recognise the need to develop a men’s health policy, as already established in the Republic of Ireland. Information on the organisations and projects that presented can be downloaded below.

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