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Wednesday, 6 July 2022

The Charlie Watkins Foundation: Men – It’s time for a health MOT

WITH the COVID-19 pandemic becoming the main focus of healthcare over the last two years, our other health concerns and ailments have often taken a back seat.

This has particularly affected those with ongoing mental ill health, with many people feeling increased levels of anxiety, stress and isolation.

As well as supporting young people to look after their mental health, Charlie Watkins Foundation wants to encourage more men to think about their general health too – and if possible, book themselves in for a health MOT.

About the Charlie Watkins Foundation

The Charlie Watkins Foundation was founded in 2017 after Charlie Watkins sadly took his life when he was only 22.

There are many people who suffer from mental health challenges today. Statistics show that one in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness during their lifetime.

The foundation’s aim is to better support young people who struggle with their mental health and wellbeing through raising money for charities and projects that improve young people’s lives.

At the Charlie Watkins Foundation, we believe looking after your mental health is vital – but so is taking care of your general health.

Throughout the pandemic, people across the country missed crucial medical appointments, tests and check-ups.

We are urging men to get themselves a health MOT.

Book a health MOT

The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on our health – both physically and mentally.

Research by the charity Mind revealed those suffering from mental ill-health pre-pandemic were hit hardest, especially during lockdowns.

You can take charge of your health today by booking a visit to your GP – the NHS Health Checks restarted in April after being paused during the pandemic and are the best way to get a check-up. 

Additionally, the Men’s Health Forum has a free Man MOT for the Mind manual which helps to understand how you are feeling and offers effective ways to help improve your mental health at home.

It also provides a DIY Man MOT guide, where you can do a quick and easy health check-up at home.

The Charlie Watkins Foundation are so grateful for all donations which make a difference in the lives of young people who face mental health and wellbeing challenges. If you would like to donate, please do so here.

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