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Celebrating Men’s Health Week 2024: Why It Matters 

By 7th June 2024No Comments

A poster of a man in cartoon format playing darts to promote men's health week

By Marie Duffy, PR & Communications Officer, Mental Health Ireland.

From Monday, June 10th to Sunday, June 16th, Men’s Health Week 2024 takes centre stage, shining a spotlight on the unique health challenges faced by men. But why is there a need for a dedicated Men’s Health Week? With men comprising almost 50% of the population on the island of Ireland, it is crucial to address their specific health needs through a focused gender lens. Research clearly shows that men experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young. Here are some key points highlighting the importance of Men’s Health Week: 

  • Men Die Younger Than Women: On average, men have a shorter lifespan compared to women. 
  • Higher Death Rates: Males have higher death rates than females for almost all leading causes of death and at all ages. 
  • Poorer Lifestyles: Men’s poorer lifestyles contribute significantly to the prevalence of chronic diseases. 
  • Late Presentation: Men often present to health services late, making many health issues untreatable. 

The Aims of Men’s Health Week 2024 

Men’s Health Week 2024 aims to address these issues by: 

  • Raising Awareness: Heightening awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. 
  • Promoting Healthier Choices: Supporting men and boys in engaging in healthier lifestyle choices and activities. 
  • Encouraging Early Detection: Encouraging the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males. 

The Theme: “Know Your Numbers” 

This year’s theme for Ireland is “Know Your Numbers,” with a powerful key message: men’s health counts. During Men’s Health Week 2024, the focus will be on three different types of numbers: 

  • Statistics for Policy Makers: Essential data on the state of men’s health that policy makers and service providers need to address men’s health issues effectively. 
  • Numbers Men Need to Know: Critical health metrics that men should be aware of to take control of their own health. 
  • Contact Numbers for Support: Vital contact numbers for help and support services that everyone needs in times of difficulty or crisis. 

Men’s Health Counts 

During Men’s Health Week 2024, the key message is clear: Men’s health counts. But do you know your numbers? Understanding and keeping track of important health metrics can make a significant difference in your health and wellbeing. 

To dive deeper into men’s health statistics and key numbers, check out Men’s Health in Numbers. 

Watch and Learn 

For more insights, watch this informative video on men’s health:



Men’s Health Week is not just a campaign—it’s a call to action for all men to take their health seriously. This week, take the time to know your numbers and make informed decisions about your health. Let’s ensure that men’s health truly counts this year! 

 For more information check out the Men’s Health Week website and their Facebook page