Men: It’s Time To Talk About Your Health!

How can we get men to speak more openly about their health?

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

I want to talk this week about Men’s Health Awareness Week and the importance of trying to normalise talking about health for men. Suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 and 34 years of age, so we are in a crisis point really in terms of getting men to speak more openly about their health.

I’m a big boxing fan, and somebody who I follow is Tyson Fury. I haven’t always liked Tyson Fury, I don’t always like what he says, and I certainly haven’t liked what he said in the past, but he seems to have done a lot of growing up in the last few years – particularly around his own breakdown a couple of years ago and his descent into alcohol and drugs and self-loathing and chronic mental health.

He has now risen from all of that and is vying again for heavyweight titles of the world. And I think what he’s doing is great because he’s in a very macho world, but he’s really normalising talking about mental health – something which we need to encourage all the menfolk around us to do.

If you think about your father, your brother, any male family members you have, male friends, anyone who’s in your immediate circle who is male, try and normalise this kind of behaviour – talking about how you feel. Encourage them to be open and to share.

If we all do that on a micro level and encourage our male colleagues and friends and family members to speak a bit more openly about health, we might try and get that statistic right down.

Think about what other male role models you could speak about to some of your male friends as well, to try and normalise the whole issue about speaking up and not bottling things up and keeping them inside.

It’s just the idea of sharing a little bit more and making it easy for people to speak openly and being that person that they can confide in as well.

What’s your Health IQ?

If you’re reading this, you might be in reasonably senior position, running your own business or have a busy life running the home and juggling other responsibilities. Either way, you’re busy!

The convergent pressures of work and family life have probably meant that the time you did have to spend on health and fitness has disappeared. Why not talk to us and see how we can help.

Click here to take our test

Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, coach, TEDx Speaker, author of Remove the Guesswork, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that helps busy professionals get more energy by removing the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition. Visit or email [email protected] to register your interest in our services and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

kelly bowden/ Getty images

Why I Won't Date a Man Who Hasn't Been to Therapy

by Vernā Myers

Jennifer Lopez’s Co-Star, Derek Hough, Writes Song To Raise Awareness for Men’s Mental Health

by Yitzi Weiner

Getting More Men Honest About Their Mental Health

by Seequers
We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.