Did You Know?
Did you know that International Men’s Health Week always begins on the Monday before Father’s Day?
This year, Men’s Health Week runs from Monday 13 June until Father’s Day on Sunday 19 June. The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is supporting Men’s Health Week by promoting men’s health relating to financial wellbeing.
What is the aim of Men’s Health Week?
Men’s Health Week aims to increase the awareness of preventable health problems for men – no matter their age – and to encourage the early discovery and treatment of health difficulties.
Many of us have been affected in negative ways as a result of COVID 19. Some of us have lost our jobs or had our hours cut. We may have had to borrow to make ends meet. Indeed, with the increase in the cost of living, most of us feel pressure on our budget. It may even be that we cannot meet our bills and loan repayments, and the struggle to pay our mortgage or rent is causing tremendous stress.
The anxiety that these financial pressures cause can have a devastating toll on men’s lives. The good news, however, is that help is available.
Where can I seek help?
If you can speak to family and friends about your money worries, great. If you need to talk to someone who will listen to you in a non-judgmental and confidential manner, then MABS could be the service for you.
Although males make up about 50% of Ireland’s population, in 2021, just under 44% of those who contacted MABS identified as male. ￼ Figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that of those who died by suicide in 2019, 77% were male. ￼ In the Traveller community, suicide rates are seven times higher for Traveller men than in the general population. These figures demonstrate that it is vitally important for men, particularly vulnerable men to talk about their health and social and financial wellbeing. These figures clearly demonstrate that it is vitally important for men, and in particular vulnerable men, to talk about their health and social and financial well-being.
Maybe a man in your life is worried about their money situation. Reach out to them and tell them about the services that MABS offer. You do not have to be in debt to contact MABS or attend a MABS office. We can help you with your money management concerns and assist you with budgeting and planning.
You can reach MABS by calling our Helpline on 0818 07 2000, or you can find details of your local office near you by visiting Find a MABS office. You can also contact us by WhatsApp on 086 035 3141.
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