Mengage: practical work with men on health concerns
Mengage is a not-for-profit company working with males on their health and the issues that affect their health. The services we provide include direct work with males, accredited male health education courses –with internal verification, resources, workshops and training, consultancy and research-based solutions from both national and international practice, backed by years of experience of practical work with men and boys.
Mengage has a primary focus on practical work with men; it is founded by and run by practitioners who use their extensive knowledge of ‘what works’ to deliver and implement practical work that makes a difference.
As practitioners we are aware that all too often men present themselves at health services because they are not aware that they could be affected by a health concern, or that they don’t realise the implications of their actions or behaviour; that they had not been given health advice and information delivered in a way that was appealing and accessible to them – in environments that they were comfortable in, and in a language or manner that they could readily understand.
Saving lives – saving money?
Improving men’s health is far more complex than just implementing initiatives that are acceptable and accessible to men. Research and recommendations are the province of universities and think tanks; action on the social determinants of health is a subject of shifting politics and policies – and medical solutions continue to advance as does the cost of providing those solutions, yet stopping men from falling over the cliff – preventative work which has a significant role to play is fragmented and poorly resourced. We believe preventative health improvement work offers value for money, preventing health crises that come at a cost to men, their families and communities – and the public purse. That preventative work should be well resourced, supported and sustainable.
Our approach to work with boys and men
Mengage acknowledges that men’s health encompasses a broad range of theories and disciplines. We seek to acknowledge this in our work; we do not promote any work on a rights-based or ideological basis.
We promote a social determinants and ‘salutogenic’ approach that has identified key factors likely to enhance male health.Complementary to this we use social marketing methodology to construct our services to ensure that our products are suitable for males to invest in and consider taking up healthier lifestyles. If you wish to find out more, get in touch – contact us.