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Last updated October 2020

Foothold to launch a campaign for Men’s Health Awareness month in November

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Benevolent Fund’s #KeepTalking campaign aims to raise awareness of the health issues and stigma men face.

Foothold’s #KeepTalking campaign aims to break down the stigma men face during challenges with their physical health or mental health. The majority of people working in engineering and consequently supported by charities in the sector are men. However, their specific set of challenges with mental and physical health is not often addressed directly.

In England, 1 in 8 men have a common health problem but are unlikely to seek support. Suicide is the largest cause of death for men under 50 and in 2017, 75% of suicides were completed by men, according to the Mental Health Foundation. Similarly, men are less like to visit a doctor or pharmacy than women, according to Men’s Health Forum. They are also less likely to acknowledge illness or seek help.

The #KeepTalking campaign will use community member support stories, blogs and testimonials to help tackle the stigma of asking for support. The campaign will emphasise the importance of opening the conversations around men’s health, particularly some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Foothold invites ACO member charities to take part in the campaign throughout November by sharing social media posts and contributing their own statistics, assets and stories of support. Foothold hopes that this annual campaign will become a useful tool for other ACO member charities in breaking down barriers for men seeking support.

If your charity would like to find out more about taking part in #KeepTalking campaign, please contact Foothold’s Marketing and Communications Manager Li-Anne Quinn at li-anne.quinn@myfoothold.org

Source: Foothold