Men’s Health Awareness Week

Motion S4M-06899: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/06/2013

Men’s Health Awareness Week

That the Parliament welcomes Men’s Health Awareness Week 2013, which is led by the Men’s Health Forum and runs from 10 to 16 June 2013; notes that it aims to tackle stigma in relation to men’s mental health and to promote their mental wellbeing and help-seeking; understands that 75% of all suicides and 73% of people who go missing are men; further understands that the MIND Research Institute found that 37% of men feel worried or low, with the top three concerns being job security, work and money; is concerned that more than one in five men is drinking at a potentially harmful level, and recognises the challenges in meeting the new Scottish mental health targets and, in particular, increasing the availability of support other than medicines.