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Men’s Health

Population Outcome: Men in Suffolk and North East Essex have Good Health

The best possible mental and physical health for men and gender and sexual minorities is essential if everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex is to live well. Understanding and tackling their specific needs and the barriers they face to health and care is vital in ensuring they have the best health outcomes.


Barometer Measure

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Premature and Preventable Mortality Data

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Equalities Data

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Black men's mental health


Men's Health- Co-Production

Prostate Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Health Checks were discussed at this mens health event held by Healthwatch Suffolk 2022.

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Men’s Experiences of Mental Health and Suicide

This report explores middle-aged men’s experiences of mental health and suicide - Healthwatch Essex

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Men Living With Obesity

Report of experiences of men living with obesity in the East of England - Healthwatch Essex

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Men and Emotions

Suffolk Mind - At the centre of this argument is the question of how men should handle emotions.

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Published Evidence

Men’s Health – Impact of societal expectations

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Further Reading

Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I can keep wellConvenient access to screening and testing for men’s health conditions and cancers enables me to be diagnosed and treated early.
I have access to high quality careA trauma informed approach means recognising the impact of my life experiences and tailoring support to my needs.

Supporting me to communicate my symptoms and experiences, means my needs are identified and I am given the right treatment and care.

Flexible care that recognises my gender and sexual identity means I receive the right care, without stereotypes or discrimination.

Care that incorporates my parental and caring responsibilities means I can continue in my role and maintain my closest relationships.
I have information on men’s health to live wellAccess to information and guidance on puberty, men’s health, becoming a parent, and age-related conditions, means I can identify problems early and obtain the right support.
I am treated as an individualTreating me and my family with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means my care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardUnderstanding and tackling the barriers I face in accessing healthcare means I am confident of being listened to and am diagnosed and treated accurately first time.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will co-produce information for health and care services, schools, workplaces, and community settings on boys’ and men’s health issues and talking more openly about men’s health.We will co-produce health and care services that meet the specific needs of men and gender and sexual minorities.
We will co-produce access to screening and testing that accommodates men’s work and caring responsibilities.We will review existing health and care services to identify and tackle gender inequalities, including men with other characteristics and living with deprivation and disadvantage.
We will ensure health and care staff understand gender and sexual biases, so that care for men and diverse gender identities is sensitive and non-discriminatory.We will support men and gender and sexual minorities to maintain their health and wellbeing before, while waiting for, during and after treatment to help them stay well and recover well.

Case Studies – how we are making a difference across Suffolk & North East Essex

Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Joint Forward Plan
Be Well


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 10 January 2024

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