International Men’s Day is dedicated to recognizing the powers that be, celebrated on November 19th around the world. It is the perfect date to focus on men’s health! The World Health Organization publishes concerning statistics that suicide is one of the major causes of male deaths.
The reasons for suicide are multifaceted, and can range from gender roles, to social pressure, to role models. While women also struggle with suicidal ideation, it is more likely that men who take their own lives. From a young age, boys are taught to not express their emotions, leading to men masking their pain from others.
Since 1999, International Men’s Day has been celebrated with various events, forums, conferences, peaceful marches, and exhibitions across many countries. The day was founded by Professor Thomas Oaster in 2009, with a mission to involve society in discussing topical issues.
Did you know that men:
- Have better developed tunnel vision.
- Have more blood volume than women.
- Have an average of only 12% fat of body weight.
- Have skin 0.2mm thicker than that of the fair sex.
- Have their brain’s electrical activity drop by 70%.
- Have more taste buds.
- Are not very receptive to high-frequency sounds.
- Have a poorly developed sense of smell.
How to take part
This International Men’s Day, reach out to a colleague, friend, or brother to tell them that you need and love them for who they are. Invite them for a cup of coffee, make a delicious dinner, organize an interesting trip, and take the time to find out about their problems and try to help.
When is International Men’s Day celebrated in 2023?
International Men’s Day is observed on November 19 each year.