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International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day will be celebrated around the world in at least 60 countries. The UK themes for the Day are  “Making A Difference for Men and Boys” and ” how we can give men and boys better life chances”

There are some pretty decent events, campaigns and celebrations for you get involved with and attend. 

The theme is designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to “Make A Difference” and “Give men and boys better life chances” by addressing some of the issues that affect men and boys.

International Men’s Day in the UK provides a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Highlight some serious issues affecting men and boys and their wellbeing
  • Make a difference to men and boys’ lives
  • Celebrate Britain’s men and boys in all their diversity
  • Have some serious fun

The focus is on how we can make a difference to men and boys, and, how we can give men and boys better life chances by addressing some of the issues that affect them:

  • The high male suicide rate
  • The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment
  • Men’s health, shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
  • Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
  • Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
  • The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers

With mental health campaigns such as Heads Together, spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, there is a growing call for men and boys to talk more openly about issues that affect them. Earlier this year, Heads Together launched a series of videos where people shared their experiences, highlighting the benefits of talking about mental health and to ‘change the conversation‘. The films feature a mix of people differing in experience discussing topics ranging from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement. Here, Professor Green and Freddie Flintoff have an open discussion about their battles with anxiety and depression:

The challenge is to ensure that important issues such as men’s health, male suicide rates and the underperformance of boys in schools, are properly addressed. The evidence in each of these areas is overpowering: 

  • Men are more likely than women to die prematurely and one in five men dies before the age of 65
  • Men have a 37% higher risk of dying from cancer overall, while men are 56% more likely to develop non-gender-specific cancers than women and 67% more likely to die from them
  • 11,287 men died of prostate cancer in 2014
  • 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives
  • Men are less likely than women to acknowledge illness or to seek help when sick, and men aged 20-40 are half as likely to go to their GP as women of the same age
  • In 2014, there were 4,623 male suicides in the UK, accounting for 76% of all suicides
  • This means that on average more than 12 men a day take their own lives.
  • For every three victims of partner abuse, two will be female and one will be male. Every year 500,000 men in the UK suffer from partner abuse
  • Male victims (29%) are over twice as likely as women (12%) not to tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from

Fatherhood

  • In 96% of cases, the parents who apply to court for access to their children are men
  • A quarter of a million men in the UK and Scotland are primary carers
  • 92% of lone-parent households are headed by mothers and about one million children in the UK are growing up without any contact with their fathers

Education

  • Around 60,000 fewer boys go to university than girls every year
  • Boys are around three times more likely to receive a permanent or fixed period exclusion than girls
  • 30,000 fewer boys/men are training to be apprentices every year then girls/women

International Men’s Day is an opportunity for people everywhere to appreciate and celebrate the contribution men make to society, and highlight the challenges facing us.

 

 

 

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