International Men’s Day is held every year on 19th November and is observed to raise awareness of men’s mental and physical health, improve gender relations, and promote gender unity.
Here are just a few sombre reasons why International Men’s Day is important:
- In 2018, 4,903 men took their own lives (13 per day) in the UK at a rate of 17.2 per 100,000, the highest rate since 2013 and almost three times more than road traffic related deaths in the same year. Men make up three in every four suicides.
- 12,031 men died from prostate cancer in 2017 (33 per day, over one per hour) – the most recent figures available: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/symptoms/
- One in three victims of domestic abuse are male.
At Wilson James, we encourage men to open up and communicate with others about mental health, societal issues and discrimination. We believe this is as important for men’s own wellbeing as it is for the people around them. Here are some of the ways you can take action this International Men’s Day:
- Sign up to IMD activities taking place in your community.
- Challenge norms and stereotypes that exist and share your story, like this one written by a WJ security manager.
- Consider the overlap of different social identities such as race, sexuality and class that might contribute to the specific type of oppression and discrimination a man experiences.
- Show up as someone who is committed to making inclusion an everyday reality by role modelling behaviours and inspiring others.
If you’re facing difficulties and you need to talk to someone confidentially – remember you’re not alone! Our Mental Health First Aiders are here to provide you with support or you can always reach out to our 24/7 Employment Assistance Programme helpline.