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Report details how five homeless men died in Calderdale



A SHOCKING report detailing how five men died who lived on the street is fundamentally changing the way Calderdale authorities will handle similar cases going forward.

Burnt Bridges’ report shocked city councils when they commented on an early draft earlier this year, and its recommendations have already been implemented with some early tangible improvements, although some of its benefits may not be felt for a few decades.

Although a review was not required, the circumstances in which the five men – identified in the report as Peter, Jason, Lenny, Pat and Zeb – died within four months of the winter of 2018/19 led Calderdale Council to request an investigation with an 80 page report prepared for the Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board by Niamh Cullen, the Council’s Public Health Manager (Drugs and Alcohol).

Four in five also had severe drug and / or alcohol problems, some of which masked other medical problems.

It examines what steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of similar things happening again – the men had diverse and complex needs that spanned a range of government agencies such as health services, emergency services, and social and private housing issues, and at one point had one Trauma suffered your life.

Peter, whose remains have been found near old railway lines, did not fit into the profile of the other four men.

Jason died in the hospital the day after being diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and possible septicemia.

Lenny was found dead outside a retail store in Halifax and was suspected of overdosing.

Pat died in hospital of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, an inguinal abscess, septic arterial embolism, and deep vein thrombosis of a lower extremity.

Zeb was found dead in a canal by a dog handler.

The Calderdale Council cabinet will be asked on June 7 to accept the findings of the report and to encourage other groups to act on the results in order to improve the lives of people who may get into trouble.

At the same meeting, they are also expected to adopt a strategy and related action plan for homelessness and insomnia.

Council chairman Coun Tim Swift (Lab, Town) said the report was difficult and sometimes harrowing to read, but it was significant work that highlighted the challenges each of the men faced.

“Our thoughts go with the families and friends of the men identified in the report as Peter, Jason, Lenny, Pat, and Zeb who were valued members of our community.

“Everyone had multiple and complex needs, such as mental health, trauma, or drug and alcohol abuse, which made it difficult for the services to respond to them with the care and support they needed.

“This is clear in the recommendations of the report and has been recognized by all organizations involved, the Council, our NHS, the police and our housing colleagues.

“Together we can and must do better,” he said.

Coun Swift said the evolving community cares system of delivering on-site services was important, and the report highlighted cases where non-agencies, including a manager at Halifax McDonald’s who had given one of the men a job, had one Security guard at Sainsbury’s who had helped one and a cafe owner who had helped another was deeply concerned and tried to help.

Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board Independent Chair Marianne Huison said the council’s Vision2024 highlighted that kindness and the COVID-19 pandemic had shown how important community was and was on the plate.

She said the report emerged from a number of common themes that could be used to provide support to the people and to train the agencies’ staff appropriately.

In the future, the services must be more flexible and aim to be proactive and address problems at an earlier stage.

“If looking at their lives helps us change things for the better, then something good will emerge from these truly tragic circumstances.

“It already makes a difference, and the difference we can make is wider than a review would normally make,” said Ms. Huison.

The result was a very detailed action plan that included information gathering, auditing progress, and “challenge” events to ensure agreed actions were implemented.

Ms. Huison warned that while there were now some tangible benefits, including a complex needs staff who navigated the system for people in similar positions, the opening of the Craven Mount multi-bed and complex housing project in Halifax, housing and homeless services that work with directing many different agencies and a private landlord to address “hot-spot” areas with a concentration of problems; and funding from Public Health England, which enables the council to hire staff to improve services for those with complex problems Support needs, with an emphasis on: Harm reduction.

It would be crucial to prevent, identify and treat problems – for example the trauma the men had suffered earlier in their lives – which meant that change was long-term.

“We try to enrich their lives, make sure they get services, and identify the gaps as well.

“We’re not alone – 2018 was a national high point for homelessness.

“Nevertheless, it’s not just about getting people off the streets, but about enabling them to lead a fulfilling life.

“It’s going to be an ongoing piece of work, but some of the changes are tangible, services where there were no services, things that are done that have not been done.

“We are not going to solve this problem overnight until we get the prevention work right, which can take 20, 30, 40 years to see this complete.

“We can do better and help them live better, longer, healthier, more fertile lives so they don’t resort to drugs to just get them through the day,” she said.

One of the saddest stories in the report was a man who shared a tent with one of the men and said the only thing that made the man happy was drugs, Ms. Huison said.

The complexity of men’s affairs was a common issue which meant they couldn’t go into any of the agencies and say “my subject is ‘x'” and it could be dealt with – each man had a number of different needs.

Best practices would be maintained, but the report was about changing people’s ideas and perceptions, Ms. Huison said.

Penny Woodhead, Chief Quality and Nurse Officer of the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, said she heard that people are hard to reach, but the report taught that services were hard to reach.

There have been cases when the men had sought help but had no big picture.

Services had to be professionally brought to people instead of coming to them – people needed help to find their way around the services.

“In education, it’s important that workers think about how they get involved and be more professionally curious, persistent and determined not to lose sight of people,” she said.

If you are concerned that someone is sleeping poorly in Calderdale please call 07584 015756.

Ms. Huison said the national life expectancy figures for people who lived on the streets are terrifying – around 44 years for men and 42 for women, while men would typically live to be 76 and women 81.

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Calderdale Council Chairman, Earl Tim Swift. The cabinet will consider the recommendations of the report on June 7th

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Greg Murphy urging Kiwi men to get regular health checks



Long-time Men’s Health Week ambassador Greg Murphy is calling on New Zealand men to get involved in the run-up to this year’s campaign from May 14-20. The Kiwi motorsport icon is also in the spotlight this week after announcing he is retiring to compete in this year’s Bathurst 1000.

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He said there needs to be a change in the culture of how men look after their health, including the time for regular medical exams.

Men are often bad patients, Murphy said.

“Women take care of themselves much better.

“We have the thing that we’re too steadfast to see a doctor or it’s not what we do, it’s not hard enough or whatever.”

Every year 365 New Zealanders die of melanoma, 60 percent of them are men.

“There are so many scenarios or cases where death is avoidable because of the types of melanoma and also because of the prostate.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in New Zealand, with more than 650 deaths per year as of 2018, according to the Department of Health.

“A lot of these things can be diagnosed, and so many things can be done today to prevent part of this loss that is simply unnecessary,” Murphy said.

“Men should develop a relationship with their doctor and get these tests done.”

Too often, men wait years between regular doctor visits, and the Men’s Health Week website offers tips on keeping a regular schedule.

During his motorsport career, Murphy said he had to undergo annual medical exams, which helped realize the importance of a health routine.

Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy
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“We have to get into this routine and find the time to make sure we’re doing really simple things, and just get past some of the way we think, this culture that may kill us.

“Every year you write down your calendar and just do it, no matter what you feel, because there are a lot of hidden killers out there that fester and you may feel good, but by the time it actually shows up, it’s too late.

“Men are 20 percent more likely to die of heart disease or diabetes than women,” Murphy said. “We have to take that into account and see what we’re doing wrong.

“If it can be prevented, why not?”

Murphy likened regular health checks to maintaining your car’s fitness guarantee.

“We’re very happy to have our cars serviced or checked and pay for them and do the right thing, but when it comes to going to your doctor what is the stigma behind that that keeps us from doing it?”

Murphy also recommended the What’s Your Score health survey tool on the Health Week website as a great way for men to check where they are.

“The reason I wanted to become a Men’s Health Ambassador is to push this forward and make sure we all change our attitudes because some of the reasons are really a bit pathetic these days.”

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‘We’ve all had too much time in our heads over the last while’



PJ Gallagher is supporting Men’s Health Week starting June 14th by calling on men across Ireland to make their health a priority in life.

“Traditionally, we’ve been pretty bad at taking care of our own health. About 41% of men get health problems and do nothing about them, or like me, they will save their problems to eventually go to their GP with all of them. We don’t seem to take our problems seriously, ”he says. “I think if you tell a man to take care of his health, he’ll go to the gym or drink less, but you have to act when you are not feeling well.”

The comedian and actor has teamed up with Lloyds Pharmacy to promote the free men’s health check, available at all Llyods locations.

“Mood problems, skin diseases, erectile dysfunction – whatever it is, just go in. It won’t cost you anything. Whatever the problem, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Those ten seconds of what you think are embarrassing are worth it for peace of mind, ”says the 46-year-old.

“Especially when it comes to mental health. We’ve all had too much time on our heads lately. A lot of people don’t know where to go, but there are trained people in pharmacies who can point you in the right direction and that’s good to know. “

What shape are you in

I was fine in training, but for the past six months I’ve dropped it. I think the pandemic has finally started winning. But I’m still reasonably fit. I cycle a lot and have booked a gym now that they have reopened.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I am very familiar with routine. I’m the type of person who can eat the same thing for days and not get bored, a bit like a dog. I now also cook everything I never did in my life before March last year, and I love it.

What are your most guilty joys?

If I ever splurge, it would be at breakfast. I have no problem having two sausage rolls and a chocolate bar from Dairy Milk for breakfast on Sundays.

What would keep you up at night?

I am worried about everything. Everything can be perfectly fine and I will still go to bed wondering when it will fall apart. Anything from the bohemians losing a cup game to the pandemic would keep me awake.

How do you relax?

Motorcycling. It is as close as possible to meditation.

Who are your athletic heroes?

Eric Cantona and Valentino Rossi. I love these great attitudes that they have. They are the type of people who have the ability to go to any place as if it is theirs.

What is your favorite smell?

The Manhattan popcorn factory in Finglas.

When was the last time you cried?

When my mom got her vaccine. It was a very emotional day because she is 83 and has not been able to see her grandchildren for so long. Everyone in the family broke down when she finally got it. Before that, Dublin won the All Ireland for the last time.

What qualities do you dislike least in others?

I hate people who don’t tell you things directly. Just tell me what you think i’m fine

What are your least favorite traits in yourself?

I would like a little more confidence. I also always worry about letting people down and that tarnishes too many things.

Do you pray?

I don’t know who I’m praying to or what I’m praying for, but I do it every day.

What would brighten up your day?

I can’t wait to get myself a sneaky pint. It’s so easy to just sit at a bar and have a pint on your own. I always feel like I’m cheating on the world when I do.

Which quote inspires you the most and why?

“Critics don’t count.” It was one thing that kept going on my mind when I got up.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Dalymount Park. The excitement rises for the next Friday night with those lights, the people singing and the team watching the team go onto the field. I get emotional when I think about it.

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New Study Claims It’s Not Healthy to Be ‘Fit but Fat’



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A new study found that people best defined as “fit but fat” are at increased risk of obese health problems.

Fit but fat is a slang term for metabolically healthy obesity (MHO). People categorized as MHO have a body mass index of 30 or higher, but no systemic inflammation, problematic blood lipids, or insulin problems that are common with obesity.

A study by researchers at the University of Glasgow found that compared to metabolically healthy people who are not medically obese, people with MHO are 4.3 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes, 18% more likely to have heart attacks or strokes and, incredibly, their risk of heart failure is increased by 76%.

“People with metabolically healthy obesity were at a significantly higher risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke, heart failure, respiratory disease and all-cause mortality compared to non-obese people with a healthy metabolic profile,” said Dr. Frederick Ho. Research Associate in Public Health at the University of Glasgow.

For the study, the researchers monitored 381,363 people who fell into one of four categories: metabolically healthy overweight (MHO), metabolically unhealthy overweight (MUO), metabolically healthy non-obesity (MHN), or metabolically unhealthy non-obesity (MUN).

It found that MHO individuals were generally younger, watched less television, exercised more, had a higher level of education, a lower deprivation index, higher consumption of red and processed meat, and were less male and not white than participants who were metabolically unhealthy obese.

Even so, if they are metabolically unhealthy, they are at greater risk of suffering from various obesity problems.

“In general, cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes rates were highest in MUO, followed by MUN and MHO, with the exception of heart failure and fatal heart failure and respiratory disease. For these results, people with MHO had higher rates than those with MUN, “said Ho.

In addition, the researchers also found that of a subset of participants for whom they had metabolism and obesity follow-up data, a third of those with metabolically healthy obesity became metabolically unhealthy within 3 to 5 years at the start of the study .

“People with metabolically healthy obesity are not ‘healthy’ because they are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, heart failure and respiratory disease than people without obesity with a normal metabolic profile,” said Ho.

“Weight management could be beneficial for anyone with obesity, regardless of their metabolic profile. The term “metabolically healthy obesity” should be avoided in clinical medicine as it is misleading and different strategies for defining risk should be explored, “he added.

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Daniel Davies is a writer for Men’s Health UK and has been reporting for various publications on sports science, fitness and culture for the past five years.

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