The month of November is Men’s Health Month!

But what is the message behind this?

November is home to International Men’s Day, the 19th of November. The theme for 2021 is ‘Better relations between men and Women’.

International Men’s Day is to raise awareness of all issues faced by men. In the UK international Men’s Day is supported by Men, Women, organisation and charities.

Some of the main International Men’s Day highlights are

  • The male suicide rate across the world
  • the educational challenges that both men and boys face at all stages of life
  • Men’s health, their shorter life expectancy and the fact that they suffer from workplace deaths at a much higher rate than women
  • Male violence, and the fact that males are also victims to things such as rape, sexual exploitation and domestic violence
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, especially as single parents or parents that do not have a good relationship with the mother of their children.
  • Father’s rights
  • Male survivors of violence or abuse, including domestic abuse
  • The negative portrayal of men in the media and beyond. This includes male stereo types that are well known brands in advertising campaigns

International Men’s Day hopes to:

  • Make a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys.
  • Raise awareness, or funds for charities which support men and boys’ wellbeing.
  • Have positive conversations about men, manhood and masculinity.
  • Strengthen gender relations

We want to celebrate some of the amazing men out there who have spoken out positively about some of the issues which men face.

Last year, Freddie Flintoff – best known as a cricketer has spoken out about his struggles with Bulimia. This can be seen as a ‘female’ illness, and that just is not the case. The documentary below is really insightful.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000n1xx/freddie-flintoff-living-with-bulimia

Chris Hughes – best known from Love Island has spoken out about checking testicular cancer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q26mREq5ZMg