Special guests from the Ospreys joined researchers from Cardiff and Swansea Universities for a free men’s health event at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on Tuesday 5th May.
The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) held It’s a Man Thing event wear over 70 delegates attended.
The day featured a question and answer session with Ospreys players and health experts, plus a programme of talks from the Centre and guests including the Movember Foundation, State of Mind Rugby, Alcohol Concern Cymru and suicide prevention organisation The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).
Professor Keith Lloyd, Dean and Head of Swansea University Medical School, opened the event.
It’s a Man Thing also include interactive information stalls from physical and mental health organisations including ASH Wales and Time to Change Wales, a retro video gaming station and a free lunch.
NCMH, which is funded by NISCHR, Welsh government, has staff based at Cardiff University School of Medicine and Swansea University’s Medical School. Team members from both locations came together to host this unique event, which was open to men and women of all ages.
The research centre works to better understand the causes of mental health problems such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD and ADHD while also promoting awareness of mental health issues and combating stigma.
Dr Ann John, Swansea University Medical School, introduces a new action plan for Wales.
NCMH Director and Cardiff University Professor Ian Jones said: “Innovative events like this are a great opportunity to raise awareness of important issues among hard to reach groups. This is absolutely key in engaging the public with the idea of looking after their own health, as well as with research projects like ours that aim to improve the health of people in Wales in the future.”
NCMH Swansea lead and Head of Swansea University Medical School, Professor Keith Lloyd said: “With this event we wanted to help promote better health among men both physically and mentally, and to do it in a fun, enjoyable way.”
“Research has consistently shown that mental and physical health go hand in hand, and also that men, and in particular younger men, can be reluctant to seek help when they need it.”
“We hope that by bringing some of the potential issues that men can face out in the open, we can encourage them to acknowledge when they need help, and realise that there’s no shame in asking for it.”
Rounding off a great event with Q&A with all of today's speakers and special guests the Ospreys.
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