Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb is encouraging members to use Men’s Health Week as a chance to take control of their wellbeing.
Men’s Health Week runs from today until Sunday (21 June). It aims to raise awareness of a wide range of health issues that disproportionately affect men, but Roger says it’s an opportunity for members to make the small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to their lives.
“The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on physical and mental health like never before,” he said, “We’ve all had to make changes to the way we live and interact with our families and friends as we have sought to halt the spread of the virus and protect our health services.
“Our members have been on the front-line of the pandemic, maintaining our policing services while also putting their own health at risk and that will have an impact on them, while those working from home may have been struggling with feelings of isolation.
“Men are notoriously reluctant to go to seek medical help or support for their mental health but they need to start thinking about the small changes that we can make to our lives and our lifestyles that can make a big difference, be it exercise, eating healthier or getting more sleep.”
The Police Mutual wellbeing team has produced a guide to Men’s Health Week, including tips to improve physical and mental health and signposts to support services.
Find out more about Mental Health Week.