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Sick of being unemployed: the health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them

Sick of being unemployed: the health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them

Wednesday, 11 June 2014
09:00 - 10:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD

Speakers

    Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support
  • Martin Tod, Chief Executive, Men’s Health Forum
  • Jenny Gulliford, Policy and Research Officer and author of the report, The Work Foundation
  • Dr John Chisholm CBE, Chair of Men’s Health Forum; health and work lead, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Geraint Johnes (chair), Director of The Work Foundation

The Work Foundation in collaboration with the Men’s Health Forum   announced the publication of a new report ‘Sick of being unemployed: the health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them’.

The Context

It is well established that unemployment has a harmful effect on an individual’s health. Whilst both men and women are effected by this, there is evidence to suggest that men are more likely to suffer adverse health consequences, especially in the early stages of being unemployed. Poor health is not only outcome of unemployment for men, but it is also a barrier to returning to and staying in work. Employment services in the UK appear to have made few efforts to address this issue, despite potential capacity within the Work Programme to provide specialist health support. As unemployed men are less likely to access health services, new ways to support the health needs of this group are urgently needed.

We hosted a breakfast seminar to discuss men’s health and unemployment, looking at ways in which current back to work and health provision could be improved to better serve this group.

Download the report here

Read the press release here

Follow the debate on twitter #MHW14

To find out more information about this event please contact  Jenny Gulliford on jgulliford@theworkfoundation.com.

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