Welcome to International Men’s Day UK. International Men’s Day (IMD) is celebrated each year on 19th November (this year on a Thursday), world wide in at least 60 countries. An increasing number of organisations and individuals are now supporting IMD making it more inclusive than ever. It is important to celebrate this day as it helps raise awareness towards making a positive difference to the wellbeing of lives of men and boys; and also raising awareness for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing.
Search and Rescue Service Call-Outs At the Coast
Lifeboat crews and Coastguard Rescue Teams are called from time to time to help people who may be suffering from a mental health episode at the coast. According to Mental Health First Aid England men are more likely to take their own lives with 16.8 per 100,000 doing so in 2014 compared to 5.2 women per 100,000.
Men Make Up The Highest Rate of Suicide
The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2014 were men aged 45 to 59 years, at 23.9 death’s per 100,000. For comparison in 2014, in Great Britain 1,775 people were killed in road traffic accidents this means that over three times as many people died from suicide in 2014 as road accidents.
In 2018 4,903 men sadly took their own lives (13 per day) Men make up three in every four suicides*.
Getting More Men Talking About Their Mental Health
Our Team are keen to help support the campaign of getting more men talking about their own mental health, suicide prevention and raising mental health awareness as a whole. There is a whole host of organisations and charities with excellent innovative campaigns across the UK that are all helping to get more men talking about this serious issue and helping to sign-post them to support networks, self-help initiatives; and or professional help/interventions. I am sure you will be aware of some of the fabulous work that is being undertaken via social media and the national press.
Barbers Spotting The Signs of Depression
One particular initiative which caught my eye was the excellent ‘Barber Talk’, a bespoke mental health awareness and suicide prevention training programme for barbers. It helps barbers to spot the signs of depression and distress in their clients and then sign-post them to places where they can get help.
More information about the Barber Talk initiative can be found here
It’s Good To Talk
How often do we actually listen properly to a family member, friend or work colleague speaking. The next time someone is chatting away why not put down whatever you are doing and actively listen to what they are saying. It could make all the difference. We appreciate that due to COVID-19 you can’t meet up with friends and or family as you did previously. Why not go ‘old skool’ and pick up the phone give them a ring and have a good old fashioned chat. Zoom and Microsoft Team platforms have also revolutionised family/friends contact during lockdown.
“I’ve Got Their Back”
Alternatively, if you haven’t heard from someone in a while why not give them an email, text or whatsapp message to see how they are. Research shows that blokes always have to have a reason to phone another bloke. Why not find a reason, like “I’ve got their back, I am going to find out how my mate is just because I care”.
In Need of Help?
Whatever you are going through, there is always someone to turn to in the event of a crisis. The old adage ‘A a problem shared is a problem is a problem halved’ is still true today. You can call the Samaritans 24/7 for free on 116 123 and they are non-judgemental, they won’t pressure you and they are there for anyone who needs help. Help is also available through your GP and the NHS. Family and friend(s) networks can also play a vital role in providing help and support when you need to talk.
Thank you for reading this blog and we hope that you found it useful. Please help support International Men’s Day and Mental Health issues by sharing posts via your social media channels where appropriate. Stay safe!
Other Useful Resources
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Mental Health First Aid England
National Health Service
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Verification checked on 18/11/2020 using Samaritans website and Mental Health for England