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International Men’s Day

This week’s blog is arriving a bit later than usual, but just in time to mark International Men’s Day. That’s right – today is International Men’s Day and this year’s themes are:

  • Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys;
  • Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity;
  • Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing.

Often classed as the “strong” gender, men are known for being less likely to open up about their concerns and anxieties, but the stats help “paint the picture”:

High suicide rate

In 2019, a total of 4,773 male deaths by suicide were registered across the UK (3,996 in England & Wales, 620 in Scotland and 157 in Northern Ireland) – roughly around 13 per day in the UK!

Prostate Cancer

Stats between 2016 and 2018 registered around 11,900 deaths from prostate cancer every year. This equates to around 32 per day or one every 45 minutes.

Rough Sleeping

Rough sleeping on a single night in autumn stats have registered a decrease from a total of 4,751 in 2017 to 2,688 in 2020. This decrease is partially due to protective measures and government programmes to tackle rough sleeping during the pandemic. Of the 2,688 people, 2,277 were men, 377 were women and for 34 people gender was not known.

Domestic Abuse

Stats compiled by ManKind Initiative, show that a quarter (174,733) of those reporting domestic abuse to police forces in England and Wales in 2018 were men, up from 19.0% (73,000) in 2012. The massive jump in aggregate figures is partly explained by coercive control not being a crime in 2012. The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that 1.6 million women and 757,000 men aged 16 to 741 years experienced domestic abuse in 2019.

So, if you wish to take part, here are some suggestions by the International Men’s Day UK (IMD UK):

  • Highlight some serious issues affecting men and boys and their wellbeing (see this page for the theme and issues);
  • Encourage and support men and boys in getting support including signposting and making it more accessible;
  • Hold events, run campaigns, tweet/post/send messages;
  • Raise money for charities supporting men and boys;
  • Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity;
  • Celebrate Britain’s men and boys;
  • Have some fun!

If you’re looking to treat the men in your life to something on this symbolic day, why not helping out local businesses run by men for men:

Happy International Men’s Day! Have a great weekend x

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