Today is the annual #InternationalMensDay 2018, a day celebrated on 19 November every year. The date coincides with the birthday of the father of Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago who relaunched International Men’s Day in 1999.
What does it celebrate?
The aim of International Men’s Day is to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues.
These include topics such as mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.
It is of huge importance to celebrate positive male role models and address the issues surrounding men:
According to The Men’s Health Forum:
- Just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35
- 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders
- Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women
- Men are more likely to use (and die from) illegal drugs
- Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women. Only 36% of referrals to IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) are men.
What’s this year’s theme?
The theme for International Men’s Day 2018 is ‘Positive Male Role Models’.
The spotlight is on positive role models to raise awareness of men’s health and wellbeing.
International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man.
Why not celebrate the positive male role models that have played a part in your life?
Are you a positive male role model?