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 provides a fantastic opportunity to:
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:
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:
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.
For any further information, visit: www.internationalmensday.com