THE CAN DO CHALLENGE

This #MensHealthWeek, The Men's Health Forum are asking everyone to take part in the CAN DO Challenge. It's a great way to boost your mental wellbeing and show your support for men's mental health. Find out more about the challenge below (sourced via The Men's Health Forum).

There are five days of the week and five ways to wellbeing. Can you see where we're going with this?

The five ways to wellbeing are five things we can all do that are scientifically-proven to help us feel better. For the CAN DO Challenge, we're calling on everyone to choose a different way to wellbeing to try each day of Men's Health Week.​

Every day, a different way

The five ways are:

  • Connect - connect with other people (eg. call an old friend you haven't since before lockdown) #connectmonday
  • (Be) Active - move your body (eg. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc) #activetuesday
  • Notice - take notice of the environment around you (eg. turn off your phone for an hour) #noticewednesday
  • Discover - learn something new (eg. read a book you haven't read before) #discoverthursday
  • Offer (or give) - do something for someone else (eg. volunteer for a local community group) #offerfriday

Read more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing or find out about Man MOT for the Mind manual, based on the five ways. Or get started now.

Men's Health Week 2021

For Men's Health Week 2021, we are asking as many people as possible to try the CAN DO Challenge. Let us know what you're doing by telling us here and sharing on social media etc. Use the hashtags above and #menshealthweek

  • You CAN DO it by yourself. Or with friends. CONNECT Monday is the perfect day to round up your friends for the rest of the week.
  • You CAN DO it for fun. Or you CAN DO it to fundraise. Support your favourite charity.

Want to make the challenge more challenging?

  • Can you find an activity that ticks all 5 boxes? Taking a group of people on a historical walk, for example.
  • Can you get five friends to do it too?
  • Can you do your chosen activity five times - five press-ups, five books, five minutes dancing five times, five marathons
  • Can you do all five ways in one day? Can you do that for every day of the week?
  • Not sure what to do? To get you thinking, here are 50 ideas from our men's health champions. There are dozens more ideas in Man MOT For The Mind.
  • Keep checking back here - we'll be posting some of our favourite ideas.
  • Tell us what you're doing.

Tag @suppinmindscot to let us see your challenges!