June 14 to June 20 is Men’s Health and Wellness Week, a week to encourage all male-identifying people to take care of their health and know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It falls within Canadian Men's Health Month, which is marked in June.
“Men in general, and myself included, are procrastinators and deniers about their personal health,” Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said in promotion of Men’s Health and Wellness Week.
“ Stop it! We are not bullet-proof tigers. Prevention and early detection save’s lives.”
Canadian statistics show that those who identify as male have life spans almost five years shorter than those who identify as female, account for almost 80 per cent of all opioid overdoses and alcohol-related deaths and almost 75 per cent of all suicides.
Nationally, the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation is marking Men’s Health Month with the theme of “Move for Your Mental Health.”
Go online to menshealthfoundation.ca to find activities and tools to help support an active, healthy life.
In the Kamloops area, there is a community table of service providers supporting Men’s Health and Wellness Week with two resource-sharing events. All who are interested in learning are welcome.
• Men's Health and Wellness Resources Zoom Event
June 16, 1:30 p.m. online by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 980 9644 8802
• Men’s Health and Wellness Information Booth
June 19 at the Kamloops Regional Farmer’s Market in the 200-block of St. Paul Street downtown, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Those interested can take part in a survey on what services they see a need for and would consider using. By completing the survey participants, could win a $50 gift certificate. Click here to take the survey.