Although it’s improving, men still have a tendency to avoid the doctor and keep quiet about feeling unwell, especially when it comes to mental health.

This is why Men’s Health Week, which runs until Sunday 19 June, was launched.

The awareness week aims to inform men about preventable health problems and to encourage them to seek advice.

Other aims include supporting men to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities, as well as encouraging early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

It is celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Leinster and Ireland forward Rhys Ruddock is an ambassador for youth service ReachOut.

“Our mental fitness is one of our most valuable assets so it’s really important that we look after it,” he said.

“That means looking out for each other too, everyone goes through tough times and support from friends and family can make a huge difference.”

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