Yesterday was International Men’s Day. It was launched in 1999 to celebrate positive male role models and raise awareness of issues including men’s mental health and illness and toxic masculinity. This year’s theme is positive role models. That men should lead by example and to ‘teach the boys in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man’ to create a safe and fair society.
A shocking statistic highlighted is that 76% of suicides are men. Among men aged 20-34, suicide is the leading cause of death.
Men are less likely to report both mental and physical illnesses than women. Why is this? There are so many factors about why, including the ‘man up trope’ meaning men don’t get help when they’re struggling with anxiety or depression. This must change and the time is now.
Here are #3tips
that might help you or the men in your in life with this important cause:
1. Sometimes men say they’re fine when they are not. The @nhsenglandldn
have started a campaign called #asktwice
. If your mate doesn't seem okay, don't forget to #AskTwice
. Use your intuition - if you sense your brother, boyfriend or work colleague doesn’t seem himself, ask again.
2. Look after yourself. Men in stereotypical gender roles may feel it’s not okay to ask for help. Anyone can feel low - gender makes no difference and there is #noshame
in seeking help. You can see your GP for confidential advice. The @samaritanscharity
operates 24 hours a day too for confidential phone advice and you don’t need to give your name. If you are feeling suicidal, please seek urgent help from your GP or go to the nearest A&E. There are lots of charities for mental health who can offer more support. Here are just a few @mindcharity @theblurtfoundation @mentalhealthfoundation @heads_together
3. Overall, International Men’s Day is a time to celebrate the positive influence men can and do have on society as a whole, so why not let the men who inspire you know how much you appreciate them? This can really brighten up someone’s day. You can even download these certificates for your loved one, sons or nephews from the IMD website http://internationalmensday.com/imd-award-certificate/