International Men’s Day: Let’s Talk about Men’s Health

Category: Healthy Living

International Men’s Day

From January to November, all we hear from men on social media is, “No day to celebrate us? Haba!” Well, it’s International Men’s Day here and we’re not just going to talk about what it means but also about men’s health.

So what is International Men’s Day about?

In simple terms, this day is designed to promote positive role models in society and develop wholesome individuals. It is meant to put the spotlight on positive role models and raise awareness of men’s health and well being.

International Men’s Day is observed on an annual basis by persons from all walks of life, who support the ongoing effort to improve lives, heal scarred hearts, seek solutions to social problems, mend troubled minds, reform the social outcasts and uplift the dysfunctional.

A lot of the time men get the blame for being all that’s wrong about today’s society. We’re not here to debate this. We only acknowledge that if all we talk about are bad examples, the good ones will go unnoticed. This is why the aim of International Men’s Day is to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues such as mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.

International Men’s Day also coincides with ‘Movember’, which involves men growing their facial hair in an effort to promote conversations about men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

In the UK and most parts of the world, men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives, according to emotional support charity Samaritans.

One of the problems behind male mental health issues is the societal expectation of strength placed on men in such a way that showing emotion or asking for help/support is seen as a weakness. Dear men, you have tear ducts for a reason; it’s okay to cry.

If you feel emotionally down, it’s okay to share your deepest fears and heal. Don’t eat yourself up inside by shutting it all out or masking it with alcohol and substance abuse. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you need it.

Dear men, takeyour mental and physical health seriously. Suicide isn’t the only danger; issues like high blood pressure and diabetes are very serious concerns. Don’twait for your partners to beg you to go for tests and checkups. Be proactive about your health.

Finally, continue to be a source of strength to others by being a good person because that is really what a good man is. Keep leading by example.

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