According to the report ‘Women and Men in Ireland 2010’ published last February by the Central Statistical Office, Ireland along with Malta and Sweden had the most gender-balanced populations in the EU in 2009 with 99 men per 100 women.
Key fact and figures from the report include:
|Men face specific challenges|
|Men are more likely to die at a younger age than women. This reflects higher deaths rates for males due to suicide and motor vehicle accidents.
|Men are more likely to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals for schizophrenia and alcoholic disorders while women are more likely to be admitted for depression (Figure 4).
Figure 1: Ireland – Death rates for persons aged 65-74, 1999-2009
Figure 2: Ireland – Mortality by cause of death, 2009
Figure 3: Ireland – Acute hospital discharges by principal diagnosis and sex, 2009
Figure 4: Ireland – Admissions to psychiatric hospitals and units, 2008
Men’s Health Week: Let’s Talk About It
Men’s health week will run from Monday 13th until Sunday 19th June 2011. In Ireland, the focus is on: “Promoting and Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Men and Boys during Challenging Times”.
The role of men in the world has changed dramatically, with new challenges having a direct impact upon the health and well-being of men and boys.
- Depression in men is becoming more prevalent (or at least acknowledged) and the male suicide rate is still extremely high.
- Males are often not aware of where and how to find help and support.
- There is increasing recognition that males can be victims of domestic abuse and violence.
Getting young men to recognise problems, seek help and engage with services is critical. Therefore, the key message for this week will be ‘let’s talk about it’.
Reference: Central Statistics Office. Women and Men in Ireland 2010. February 2011.