International Men’s Day
Every year, International Men’s Day is commemorated worldwide to shine a spotlight on men who are making a positive difference and to raise awareness of issues that men face on a global scale.
With male suicide being the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, according to charity Calm, encouraging people to have open conversations about topics such as men’s mental health and male suicide is essential.
International Men’s Day is celebrated annually on 19 November.
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.
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.
In the UK, men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives, according to emotional support charity Samaritans.
International Men’s Day coincides with Movember, which involves men growing their facial hair in an effort to promote conversations about men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
The theme for International Men’s Day 2018 is ‘Positive Male Role Models’.
“International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man.”
Earlier this year, writer Caitlin Moran asked men on Twitter what the “downsides” are of being a man, with many saying that they find it difficult to express their emotions.
“When women get beaten up in life, their friends gang up to support them. Men don’t. Sometimes all you need is a hug,” one person tweeted in response.