Every year on November 19th, people around the world celebrate International Men’s Day, highlighting the positive contributions that men make to society, their families and communities. This day not only recognises the achievements and positive values of men but also seeks to address the issues and challenges we face.
It serves as an essential platform to promote discussions about men’s health, gender equality and relations and the role of men in creating a positive and equitable society. Let’s delve into the importance of International Men’s Day and why it is so important.
What is International Men’s Day?
International Men’s Day, established in the 1990s, aims to promote positive male role models, highlight men’s contributions to community, family, marriage, and childcare, and address issues such as men’s physical and mental health and the need for positive male role models. It offers an opportunity to create a dialogue on key issues impacting men, including mental wellbeing, the concept of toxic masculinity and the need for more inclusive and supportive environments.
Addressing men’s health issues
Men’s health concerns often go unaddressed due to societal stereotypes and stigmas surrounding male vulnerability. We all know the concept of men not talking.
International Men’s Day plays a vital role in raising awareness about men’s health challenges, including physical and mental health issues. By encouraging open discussions and promoting access to healthcare resources, this day encourages men to prioritise their wellbeing and seek support when needed.
Advocating for gender relations and equality
While the focus of International Men’s Day is primarily on issues affecting men, it also advocates for gender equality and inclusive societal structures. The day underscores the importance of fostering healthy relationships between men and women, promoting mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.
It encourages conversations around gender stereotypes and encourages efforts to create a more equitable and supportive environment for all genders.
Building a supportive environment
International Men’s Day serves as a reminder to create an inclusive and understanding environment where men feel comfortable expressing themselves and seeking help when necessary.
It promotes empathy, compassion, and emotional intelligence, encouraging men to engage in open conversations about their experiences and challenges.
Looking out for each other
In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, it is crucial for men to support and look out for each other to ensure everyone’s wellbeing. One key message to come out of this commemorative day is the idea that we should be there to support other men and here are some ways you can achieve that with your friends, colleagues and family members.
- Encourage open communication: Foster an environment where other men feel comfortable expressing their emotions and discussing their challenges without fear of judgment. Promote active listening and empathy, allowing men in your circle to share their experiences and seek advice or support when needed.
- Offer a helping hand: Be ready to offer practical support and assistance to friends or colleagues who may be going through tough times. Whether it’s lending a listening ear, providing practical advice or offering assistance with everyday tasks to alleviate the burden, small acts of kindness can have a significant impact on someone’s wellbeing and mental health.
- Check in regularly: Take the time to check in on your male friends, especially those who may be dealing with stress, work pressure or personal issues. A simple conversation or a friendly gesture can make a world of difference and remind individuals that they are not alone in their struggles.
- Promote healthy coping mechanisms: Encourage the adoption of healthy coping mechanisms and stress management techniques. Encourage physical activities, mindfulness practices or hobbies that promote relaxation and emotional wellbeing. By emphasising the importance of self-care and mental wellness, men can build resilience and better cope with life’s challenges.
By recognising the significance of International Men’s Day and actively supporting one another, men can contribute to a more compassionate and understanding society. Let’s use this day as a reminder to help each other out and check in on your friends.