According to the Global Burden of Disease Compare
tool, the main causes of death for males of all ages in the UK are:
- Ischemic heart disease (17%)
- Stroke (7%)
- Lung cancer (7%)
- Alzheimer's disease and other dementias (7%)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (7%)
Among men aged 15 to 49 years old in the UK, drugs, alcohol and self-harm account for a huge 11%, 5% and 15% of total annual deaths respectively.
We know that it can be difficult to engage with men about their health - this Men's Health Week, why not signpost to services that can support healthy living, such as free stop smoking coaching
? You could also run a free lunch and learn session
on the risks of substance abuse (including alcohol and/ or drugs). Anyone aged between 40 and 74 years old can access a free NHS Health Check through their GP, which can flag elevated risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, for example.
Download free "Release the Pressure" campaign posters and other resources here
, to display and share with your workforce. "Release the Pressure" is an ongoing City-wide campaign that encourages individuals to spot signs when they, or someone close to them, may be struggling with their mental health and signposts them to free and local support.