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5 December 2023 - Men's health - Oral evidence

Committee Health and Social Care Committee
Inquiry Men's health

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Start times: 9:30am (private) 9:45am (public)

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Causes of higher rates of suicide among men to be examined by MPs

Factors that contribute to high rates of suicide among men will be probed in the first session of the inquiry into men’s mental and physical health. The men’s health inquiry will consider evidence that shows three times as many men as women die by suicide, which is also the leading cause of death in men under 35. While suicide rates for women almost halved over the past 40 years, among men the rate has fallen by just 17%.

Risk factors for poor mental health among men and supporting services available will be explored with representatives from UK Men’s Sheds Association and Mates in Mind.

Meeting details

At 9:45am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Men's health
Managing Director at Suicide Crisis
Registered Therapist at British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
At 10:35am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Men's health
Chief Executive at UK Men's Sheds Association
Managing Director at Mates in Mind
Head of Public Health at Leeds City Council

Future sessions will focus on why men have poorer health outcomes, with life expectancy consistently lower than that of women by nearly four years. Men face an increased risk of dying from cancer and account for 75% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease. Barriers to men accessing health or screening services will also be considered. The inquiry, which was launched in July, will examine what can be done to address underlying issues to improve prospects for men and all aspects of their health.


Room 8, Palace of Westminster

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