Last week was Men’s Health Week, and local Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay, spoke out in the Assembly in support of Dads Can Cymru’s campaign by sucking a lemon!
Speaking in the Assembly Chamber last week Nick said:
“This week is Men’s Health Week, and Dads Can Cymru are inviting people to support their campaign – not least by sucking a lemon. I will be taking part in this interesting ritual later on.
“I wonder if this would be a timely point for the Welsh Government to update us on what they're doing to progress the awareness of mental health issues, and, particularly, men's mental health issues. As we know, traditionally, men are less likely to discuss issues of mental health than women, and that's been a problem for them in the past. Organisations like Dads Can, which grew up as part of Monmouthshire Housing Association, have been doing their bit to try and reach men who are in this position. I wonder if we can have an update from the Welsh Government on what's being done to address mental health issues, but specifically with regard to men.”
Having raised his concerns, the Welsh Government confirmed it would write to Nick on the issue explaining what is being done to support and promote good mental health amongst men in Wales.
Photo Caption: Nick Ramsay AM sucking a lemon at the Assembly last week in support of Men’s Health Week and Dads Can Cymru campaign