I want to talk this week about Men’s Health Awareness Week and the importance of trying to normalise talking about health for men. Suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 and 34 years of age, so we are in a crisis point really in terms of getting men to speak more openly about their health.

I’m a big boxing fan, and somebody who I follow is Tyson Fury. I haven’t always liked Tyson Fury, I don’t always like what he says, and I certainly haven’t liked what he said in the past, but he seems to have done a lot of growing up in the last few years – particularly around his own breakdown a couple of years ago and his descent into alcohol and drugs and self-loathing and chronic mental health.

He has now risen from all of that and is vying again for heavyweight titles of the world. And I think what he’s doing is great because he’s in a very macho world, but he’s really normalising talking about mental health – something which we need to encourage all the menfolk around us to do.

If you think about your father, your brother, any male family members you have, male friends, anyone who’s in your immediate circle who is male, try and normalise this kind of behaviour – talking about how you feel. Encourage them to be open and to share.

If we all do that on a micro level and encourage our male colleagues and friends and family members to speak a bit more openly about health, we might try and get that statistic right down.

Think about what other male role models you could speak about to some of your male friends as well, to try and normalise the whole issue about speaking up and not bottling things up and keeping them inside.

It’s just the idea of sharing a little bit more and making it easy for people to speak openly and being that person that they can confide in as well.

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Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, coach, TEDx Speaker, author of Remove the Guesswork, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that helps busy professionals get more energy by removing the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition. Visit www.bodyshotperformance.com or email [email protected] to register your interest in our services and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.