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COOKSTOWN and Western Shores Area Network has joined with other bodies to encourage men to talk about their health and to help them access a range of services at an event in Magherafelt.

Men’s Health week will run from Monday, June 10 to Sunday, June 16 and the theme for 2013 is ‘Action Men – Turning Words into Actions’.

Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death. Research shows that poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases. Men are also three times more likely than women to die by suicide.

In an effort to help men get real about their health and to encourage them to turn their words into action the four Community Networks - Causeway Rural and Urban Network, North Antrim Community Network, South Antrim Community Network and Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network in association with ZEST, Healing The Hurt and a broad range of health providers have joined forces to help men access health services, support and advise by staging five strictly male only health events for men. The events are free as they are funded by the Public Health Agency.

The Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt will be the venue on Wednesday, June 12 for an advice session from 7:30pm until 9:30pm.

Conor McCafferty from Zest, healing the hurt will talk on what it means to be a man and he will get behind the statistics and look into the real lives of men to tackle the root causes of ill health.

If you wish to find out more information or want to register your interest please contact Denise Doherty, Suicide Prevention Development Worker – CWSAN – 028 79634865 for the Magherafelt event.