Men’s Day Making a Difference Internationally

International Men’s Day (IMD), Thursday, November 19, is a global focus and celebration of men of all ages, in all their diversity. It’s about our fathers, partners, brothers and friends and this year highlights the importance of men’s health, male suicide rates and the underperformance of boys in schools.

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Throughout November across the UK, various events take place to engage and inform, such as Parliamentary debates, policy launches, organised online or socially-distanced events, gigs, conferences, competitions, comedy nights and charity fundraisers. IMD in the UK applies a gender inclusive approach, ensuring that issues affecting women and girls are also addressed. It is an awareness campaign which aims to make a positive difference to the well-being and lives of men and boys, through the promotion of a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity. Its importance is particularly meaningful in light of the UK’s suicide rate – on average 13 men take their lives every day, but in Northern Ireland that rate is even higher.

As International Men’s Day takes place, we should all encourage the men in our life to:  

  • Connect with others
  • Help and support others
  • Talk about your worries
  • Look after your physical well-being
  • Get enough sleep
  • Try to manage difficult feelings
  • Do things you enjoy
  • Set goals
  • Keep your mind active
  • Take time to relax and focus on the present
  • Get some fresh air

For more information visit:

Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. People living in Northern Ireland can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.


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