Monday 19th November marks International Men’s Day, a day with the key intention of raising awareness surrounding the importance of men’s physical and mental health globally.
As everyone knows, men typically – due to enforced societal norms – tend to avoid situations which involve opening up to family, friends, doctors, and each other. It’s a devastating situation which can lead to not only illness, isolation and feelings of increased anxiety and angst, but more tragically, high suicide rates.
A collection of businesses and creatives in my local town of Northampton have teamed up with the Northampton Borough Council, to help create a great day of awareness for International Men’s Day. On Saturday 17th November, there will be a whole host of things going on in the town, all with the sole aim of helping men become more aware, and hopefully, more open about their lives and health.
During the course of this week, I will be doing my bit to help raise awareness for the cause by sharing my own struggles with mental health, and opening up about what it’s like to be a man in 2018. I will be reaching out to people around me who I know, and to people who inspire me every day through who they are, and helping bring their experiences to the fore also.
I’m going to leave some stats below to talk for themselves as to why this is such an important day, and hope that you will join me this week in understanding the stories, and you will join the world in raising awareness on the day.
Males account for 76% of suicides.
Suicide is the biggest cause of death for males under 35.
Nearly 91% of knife crime victims are men.
87% of rough sleepers are men.
73% of people who go missing are men.
Men are three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent.
Men account for 95% of the prison population in the UK, with 72% of the male prison population suffering two or more mental disorders.
34% of men claim they would feel ashamed for taking time off work due to a mental health concern, including anxiety or depression.