International Men’s Day

On November 19th the International Men’s Day is celebrated worldwide. Focus is the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. The day highlights positive role models and crucially raises awareness of men’s well-being.

I think recently there has been a positive change towards raising awareness of men’s health and specifically towards their mental health. Historically many has struggled to talk about their mental health issues, concerns, stresses and anxiety. It’s a shame as a problem shared is often a problem halved. Positively and in my personal view I feel that there is an improvement going on and I have had more conversations with fellow men on this topic, especially during and after the lock-down periods which affected us all. Just recently a male friend of mine asked for help via social media and through my network we were able to advise on suitable charities to contact. I’m listing them here should someone else be in need:

Andy’s Man Club - run talking groups for men who have either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in life.

The Calm Zone - was originally set up to help men but now open to all. the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and we’re taking a stand against suicide.

Many more exist online so please comment below and we will add them in.

I would also highly recommend Win the Morning Win the Day as set up by Chris Reeves. In the summer of 2020 founder Chris Reeves set it up after listening to a podcast about getting out of your comfort zone to help deal with the stress and mental health decline amidst COVID19. He hence posted a video about going for a walk and a swim in the Solent on social media and was surprised by the horde of people showing up for this initial meet up. WTMWTD has now reached all across the UK and various parts of the world.