Men’s health at work

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

Doctors awards for my publications

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.

The Man Manual and Your Body, Your Health were both ‘Highly Commended’ and Man To Man was ‘Commended’ in the awards which are made by doctors.

Samaritans sharing the z-card.

NSPA: Save this card – it might save a life

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.

We did an A4 easy-print version for local branches and groups. It’s not the final z-card but this low-res A4 PDF gives a good idea of the content, cartoons and layout. Hard copies from the NSPA.

Let’s talk Man To Man

The Men’s Health Forum has teamed up with the GMFA, the gay men’s health charity to produce Man To Man, an easy-to-read introduction to health for men who sleep with men.

Based on the Man Manual, I wrote it with excellent gay health writer Kristian Johns and edited and designed it.

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