The first EP of demos by Borrowed Times.
Serious Drinking is a joint venture between the Men’s Health Forum and Drinkaware that aims to provide men with the facts about alcohol in a readable and non-nagging way. I wrote, edited and designed.
We know that 3/4 of suicides are male. Beat Stress (beatstress.uk) is an initiative from the Men’s Health Forum designed to intervene long before it gets to that point and when intervention is easier. It’s an anonymous online chat and email service using non-stigmatising language such as stress rather than heavier, loaded words such as mental health or depression. This video features guys just talking about what they do to beat stress. The dancer is the Beat Stress project manager Chris Stein and the music is Midnight by Vanilla, a UK-based hip hop and electronic producer. Big thanks to him.
On beatstress.uk itself there’s another really simple video on how to use the service.
No, not an unspotted typo. The Dutch Pharmacy Project for the European Men’s Health Forum was designed to get men in the Netherlands to use pharmacies for health advice, particularly about weight. I wrote the copy and designed the leaflet and accompanying website in Adobe Muse.
Article for IIRSM’s Insight. The IIRSM are the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management, the professional body for health and safety practitioners based in UK.
The article looks at the wider implications for employers of the fact that 20% of their male workforce will die before they retire and what they can do to help reduce premature death in their workers.
Link to article: the bigger picture
Three booklets which I edited and in two cases wrote were ‘Commended’ or ‘Highly Commended’ in the British Medical Association’s Patient Information Awards 2016.
Three-quarters of people who take their own lives are men so male suicide prevention is a major challenge for those interested in improving mental wellbeing.
For World Suicide Prevention Day, I created a z-card and associated social media shares for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance. I wrote and designed the asset and the great John Byrne provided the cartoons.
The Samaritans had seen the Beat Stress, Feel Better booklet I did with John and wanted something that would resonate with men when they first started feeling down, that would be interesting to read and would provide some practical help at this early stage.
Serviced by the Samaritans, the NSPA bring together over 60 organisations. That’s a lot of stakeholders so it was quite a project to manage.
All the social media shares for Twitter and Facebook are here so please share.
Article for Be Healthy, the UK’s biggest health and wellbeing title published by the Benenden Healthcare Society mutual.
Men’s health ain’t complicated as this ten tips to combat the big five killers shows.
Link to article: tackle the big five
Men’s Health Week 2016 looked at the question: how do you beat stress? I wrote the copy, designed the materials and edited the video to the tightest of tight deadlines. Includes the Survival Guide to Euro 2016.
- More at menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw16
Toolbox Talks, which I designed, wrote and edited for the Men’s Health Forum, are for employers and team leaders to get over key health messages in a short accessible manner.