Men's health champion appointed in Darlington

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A MEN’S health champion has been appointed in Darlington in a bid to improve the physical and mental health of the town’s male population.

Councillor David Regan has pledged to do more to push men’s issues higher on the local and national agenda through his new position at Darlington Borough Council.

With suicide rates higher and life expectancy lower for men than women, Cllr Regan’s main priority is to encourage more men to seek help on a variety of issues – from mental and physical health to fatherhood and domestic violence.

He said: “The biggest problem is that men won’t go to specific services and get help and so they often end up leaving things too late, to the point where sometimes it’s too late to help them with something like cancer or stress.

“I’m trying to get them to open up before that stage and get treatment before they have to go to hospital as a last resort.

“There’s a big proportion of men whose own role models, like their fathers, have never bothered and it is only when they’re hit badly by something like cancer in the family that they’ll start checking.”

Cllr Regan will use his role to raise awareness of men’s issues and will work with organisations to push forward ideas around support and advice.

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3:05pm Wed 18 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

I wonder how much he gets for this none job?
I wonder how much he gets for this none job? DarloXman
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3:16pm Wed 18 Jun 14

JJ2000 says...

None job? ! ?

Male health is a huge unregarded problem. I'm glad to see that finally something has been done about it.
None job? ! ? Male health is a huge unregarded problem. I'm glad to see that finally something has been done about it. JJ2000
  • Score: 3

4:01pm Wed 18 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

JJ2000 wrote:
None job? ! ?

Male health is a huge unregarded problem. I'm glad to see that finally something has been done about it.
Please tell exactly what is being done about it and what qualifies Councillor Regan for this role?
[quote][p][bold]JJ2000[/bold] wrote: None job? ! ? Male health is a huge unregarded problem. I'm glad to see that finally something has been done about it.[/p][/quote]Please tell exactly what is being done about it and what qualifies Councillor Regan for this role? DarloXman
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5:19pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

DarloXman wrote:
JJ2000 wrote:
None job? ! ?

Male health is a huge unregarded problem. I'm glad to see that finally something has been done about it.
Please tell exactly what is being done about it and what qualifies Councillor Regan for this role?
Fair Point. How was he appointed for the job and by who? What are his particular qualifications for the post?
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JJ2000[/bold] wrote: None job? ! ? Male health is a huge unregarded problem. I'm glad to see that finally something has been done about it.[/p][/quote]Please tell exactly what is being done about it and what qualifies Councillor Regan for this role?[/p][/quote]Fair Point. How was he appointed for the job and by who? What are his particular qualifications for the post? Homshaw1
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5:49am Fri 20 Jun 14

SirLance says...

Cancer is regrettable, it is a lottery you don't want to win in life! How you handle it if unfortunately affected is purely a self decision. Actually I believe he will have his work 'cut out' as some of the male population roaming around the town will make it almost a 'mission impossible' . Just look at recent news articles in NE. 'Darlington punters biggest backers of England football team!' The mentality ?? Then fighting in the streets when they lost!! I just don't see this 'appointment' will have any true value for the town whatsoever! The town needs stronger policing and harsher punishment for offenders! It's time to start dealing with 'the cause' rather than continuing to 'treat the symptoms'. This is a real 'non job' as DarloXman identifies!
Cancer is regrettable, it is a lottery you don't want to win in life! How you handle it if unfortunately affected is purely a self decision. Actually I believe he will have his work 'cut out' as some of the male population roaming around the town will make it almost a 'mission impossible' . Just look at recent news articles in NE. 'Darlington punters biggest backers of England football team!' The mentality ?? Then fighting in the streets when they lost!! I just don't see this 'appointment' will have any true value for the town whatsoever! The town needs stronger policing and harsher punishment for offenders! It's time to start dealing with 'the cause' rather than continuing to 'treat the symptoms'. This is a real 'non job' as DarloXman identifies! SirLance
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12:49pm Sat 21 Jun 14

David 1989 says...

this post is voluntary,
I set up a help line for men back in 2003 around domestic violence, men's health, and fathers issues. This helpline was to help the man and his family to over come any issues they may have.
Many people over the years have asked "Why i do it?". My answer to all is that "I am a family man with three wonderful kids, happily married with my wife for over 25 years, but like some people i had a health problem and was not sure where to go for help. i ended up speaking to people in the london and south area, this is way i wanted something in the north east area". the helpline has over the years had 60% men and 40% women call. The women are the ones who see the problem sometime before the male will admit there is something wrong. so working with men to swallow their pride and speak is something i will continue to do. i am working with organisations to ensure their services are male friendly as with most place around health and such like they mainly have female information ie posts or leaflets. i set up the first Dad group in Darlington and working with sure start we where able to bring that into their own services. Just to bring this into focus in Darlington alone suicide rate for men stands at 88% why? that is what we are looking at and finding way males can feel safe in talking.
this post is voluntary, I set up a help line for men back in 2003 around domestic violence, men's health, and fathers issues. This helpline was to help the man and his family to over come any issues they may have. Many people over the years have asked "Why i do it?". My answer to all is that "I am a family man with three wonderful kids, happily married with my wife for over 25 years, but like some people i had a health problem and was not sure where to go for help. i ended up speaking to people in the london and south area, this is way i wanted something in the north east area". the helpline has over the years had 60% men and 40% women call. The women are the ones who see the problem sometime before the male will admit there is something wrong. so working with men to swallow their pride and speak is something i will continue to do. i am working with organisations to ensure their services are male friendly as with most place around health and such like they mainly have female information ie posts or leaflets. i set up the first Dad group in Darlington and working with sure start we where able to bring that into their own services. Just to bring this into focus in Darlington alone suicide rate for men stands at 88% why? that is what we are looking at and finding way males can feel safe in talking. David 1989
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4:36pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

David 1989 wrote:
this post is voluntary,
I set up a help line for men back in 2003 around domestic violence, men's health, and fathers issues. This helpline was to help the man and his family to over come any issues they may have.
Many people over the years have asked "Why i do it?". My answer to all is that "I am a family man with three wonderful kids, happily married with my wife for over 25 years, but like some people i had a health problem and was not sure where to go for help. i ended up speaking to people in the london and south area, this is way i wanted something in the north east area". the helpline has over the years had 60% men and 40% women call. The women are the ones who see the problem sometime before the male will admit there is something wrong. so working with men to swallow their pride and speak is something i will continue to do. i am working with organisations to ensure their services are male friendly as with most place around health and such like they mainly have female information ie posts or leaflets. i set up the first Dad group in Darlington and working with sure start we where able to bring that into their own services. Just to bring this into focus in Darlington alone suicide rate for men stands at 88% why? that is what we are looking at and finding way males can feel safe in talking.
Can't argue with that. The question would have never asked but many people are very suspicious of anything DBC does and the motives behind it.

never heard of this helpline. What is the number for anyone who needs it?
[quote][p][bold]David 1989[/bold] wrote: this post is voluntary, I set up a help line for men back in 2003 around domestic violence, men's health, and fathers issues. This helpline was to help the man and his family to over come any issues they may have. Many people over the years have asked "Why i do it?". My answer to all is that "I am a family man with three wonderful kids, happily married with my wife for over 25 years, but like some people i had a health problem and was not sure where to go for help. i ended up speaking to people in the london and south area, this is way i wanted something in the north east area". the helpline has over the years had 60% men and 40% women call. The women are the ones who see the problem sometime before the male will admit there is something wrong. so working with men to swallow their pride and speak is something i will continue to do. i am working with organisations to ensure their services are male friendly as with most place around health and such like they mainly have female information ie posts or leaflets. i set up the first Dad group in Darlington and working with sure start we where able to bring that into their own services. Just to bring this into focus in Darlington alone suicide rate for men stands at 88% why? that is what we are looking at and finding way males can feel safe in talking.[/p][/quote]Can't argue with that. The question would have never asked but many people are very suspicious of anything DBC does and the motives behind it. never heard of this helpline. What is the number for anyone who needs it? Homshaw1
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2:53pm Mon 23 Jun 14

JJ2000 says...

David 1989 wrote:
this post is voluntary,
I set up a help line for men back in 2003 around domestic violence, men's health, and fathers issues. This helpline was to help the man and his family to over come any issues they may have.
Many people over the years have asked "Why i do it?". My answer to all is that "I am a family man with three wonderful kids, happily married with my wife for over 25 years, but like some people i had a health problem and was not sure where to go for help. i ended up speaking to people in the london and south area, this is way i wanted something in the north east area". the helpline has over the years had 60% men and 40% women call. The women are the ones who see the problem sometime before the male will admit there is something wrong. so working with men to swallow their pride and speak is something i will continue to do. i am working with organisations to ensure their services are male friendly as with most place around health and such like they mainly have female information ie posts or leaflets. i set up the first Dad group in Darlington and working with sure start we where able to bring that into their own services. Just to bring this into focus in Darlington alone suicide rate for men stands at 88% why? that is what we are looking at and finding way males can feel safe in talking.
Thank you for replying.
Contact details would be appreciated.
[quote][p][bold]David 1989[/bold] wrote: this post is voluntary, I set up a help line for men back in 2003 around domestic violence, men's health, and fathers issues. This helpline was to help the man and his family to over come any issues they may have. Many people over the years have asked "Why i do it?". My answer to all is that "I am a family man with three wonderful kids, happily married with my wife for over 25 years, but like some people i had a health problem and was not sure where to go for help. i ended up speaking to people in the london and south area, this is way i wanted something in the north east area". the helpline has over the years had 60% men and 40% women call. The women are the ones who see the problem sometime before the male will admit there is something wrong. so working with men to swallow their pride and speak is something i will continue to do. i am working with organisations to ensure their services are male friendly as with most place around health and such like they mainly have female information ie posts or leaflets. i set up the first Dad group in Darlington and working with sure start we where able to bring that into their own services. Just to bring this into focus in Darlington alone suicide rate for men stands at 88% why? that is what we are looking at and finding way males can feel safe in talking.[/p][/quote]Thank you for replying. Contact details would be appreciated. JJ2000
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