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It's International Men's Day

Published Monday, 19 November 2018

Today, 19 November, marks International Men’s Day which celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.

International Men's Day

​International Men's Day 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.

The theme and focus remains 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 such as:

  • The high male suicide rate.
  • Men's health (including male cancers), 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.

Every 90 minutes in the UK, someone takes their own life. Between 2012 and 2017, Warwickshire Coroners recorded 325 deaths by suicide. This figure compares to 161 people who were killed in road accidents in Warwickshire during the same time period, reflecting the fact that deaths from suicide nationally are the leading cause of death for males in three age groups (5-19, 20-34 and 35-49 years). Men are more likely to die by suicide - three quarters of deaths by suicide in England are men, with those in middle age at particular risk.

It takes balls to talk is a campaign which uses sporting themes to encourage people, particularly men, to talk about how they feel. In early 2016 Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust developed the campaign, in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Unite the Union, Samaritans, Time to Change and sporting venues including Wasps Rugby Club, Blaze Ice Hockey Club and Coventry City Football Club's charity, Sky Blues in the Community. You can find a list of statistics and myths from the team on suicide here

Every Mind Matters, Public Health England's campaign, offers expert advice and practical tips, alongside a personalised action plan of how to take care of your mental health.  

Support is also available from:

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via their helpline, web chat​ or website.
  •  Coventry and District Samaritans -  offering a safe place for anyone to talk any time they like, in their own way – about whatever's getting to them.
  • Coventry Mind Wellbeing Hub - a free open access drop-in service for anyone who wants a safe, supportive space where they can access information or support related to mental health and wellbeing.
  • Mental Health Matters Helpline - operates a free 24 hour phone line to the residents of Coventry. It is open 365 days a year, and provides an independent and confidential service to anyone who has a query about mental health related issues.

You can also find further help and support with suicidal thoughts by visiting the NHS website where there is a range of contact numbers for different services, with most operating 24 hours a day.

Make sure you join the conversations on social media using the hashtag #InternationalMensDay and tweeting @UKMensDay or if you're on Facebook: @InternationalMensDayUK.

For any further information, visit: www.internationalmensday.com

#InternationalMensDay2018 
#ItTakesBallsToTalk 

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