Government statistics show that men within the areas of Ballykeel, Ballee and Harryville die on average five and a half years earlier than men who live in areas not deemed as ‘deprived’.
To help tackle this a Men’s Health Project has been organised by Ballee pharmacy and Harryville’s Men Shed.
The Project is open to all men over the age of 18 who live in the Ballykeel, Ballee or Harryville areas.
The general plan is to have a fortnightly evening meeting where a specific health issue or event will be run or discussed.
The project will have around 20 sessions and will run over 9 months to approximately finish at the end of June 2014.
A spokesman for the project said: “We have a problem with men. They don’t like to talk about health matters. They hope that if they ignore a medical problem or symptoms that it will go away.
“They do not want to worry anybody and feel foolish or possibly embarrassed if they mention any concerns or issues concerning their health. Unfortunately this common, and in some ways understandable attitude, can have serious implications to men’s overall quality of life and can lead to serious life threatening conditions.
“Simple life style changes or early diagnosis of problems can make a huge difference to the quality and length of your life.”
The initial meeting of the project will be held on Wednesday the 9th of October at 7.00pm.
The venue is Harryville Partnership offices at 41-43 Larne Street, Ballymena. At this meeting people will get to know each other and will have an opportunity to make suggestions on health areas that they would like to be covered. If you would like find out more information contact Denver on 07968860567 or Stephen on 25631138. Or if you would prefer just arrive at the start of the meeting. Refreshments will be served at the meeting and it will finish by 9.30 at the latest.