“Helping Men & Boys”

International Men's Day

Today November 19th is International Men’s Day, a global holiday centered around the celebration of men, the value they bring to the world, and the positive gifts they bring to their communities and families, as well as the workplace. It is also a celebration of men and the issues they face in society.

The theme for International Men’s Day this year is “Helping Men and Boys”. All men have the responsibility to teach the next generation how to become the best men they can become. Everyone should have access to a positive male role model. Men must lead by example in order for young boys to gain knowledge on how to create a safe and fair society for all.

The day is also aimed at creating a safe space for men’s mental health issues to be spoken about, an important conversation topic that brings up ideas surrounding manhood and masculinity.

Since 1999, methods of celebrating International Men’s Day have included public seminars, forums, conferences, festivals, and fundraisers such as the Movember fundraisers.


There are many amazing reasons why we celebrate International Men’s Day. The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day are set out in ‘All The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day’.

Six Pillars of International Men’s Day

  • To promote positive male role models: not just movie stars and sportsmen but everyday men who are living decent, honest lives.
  • To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, childcare, and the environment.
  • To focus on men’s health and well-being: social, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
  • To highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, social attitudes, expectations, and law.
  • To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
  • To create a safer, better world, where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.
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  • More than 50% of men say their health isn’t something they like to talk about.
  • More than 40% of men only go to the doctor when they think they have a serious medical condition.
  • 3 out of 4 suicides globally are carried out by men.
  • Men make up 95% of those who die at work.

Mental Health and Men

It comes as no surprise that men are less inclined to talk about their feelings, it is something that has been a societal fact. However, in recent years there has been more awareness around this and efforts are being made to encourage boys and men to open up about their emotions.
Awareness and compassion are preventing the notion of toxic masculinity and old-fashioned ideas about how men should be men. With the suicide rate being so high for men in particular, it is important that they have a safe space to share which will prevent needless and preventative deaths. For more information about mental health, you can view our recent blog World Mental Health Day: Tips for Your Mental Health.

Men high-fiving

Men of Servisource Healthcare

It’s important to have gender equality within the workplace. They should be places where employees feel safe to voice their opinions and feel supported. A mixed-gender work environment is also beneficial for all. Here at Servisource, we are lucky to work side by side with men of exceptional talent as well as being kind-spirited and supportive. There are simply too many to list so let’s have a look at some of them and what their colleagues have to say about them on this special day.

How Can We Celebrate?

There are many ways to celebrate International Men’s Day. It is a day of celebration after all! You can do this alone by donating to a male charity or you can join in on the fun and organise a fundraiser yourself to spread the news. Here are just a few ways you can help out and show that you care.

  • Sharing is caring. Spreading the word is a great place to start, so tell your colleagues, friends and family about it.
  • Support the “Movember” campaign. Why not support this amazing cause that occurs throughout November which aims to “change the face of men’s health.” You can donate to the cause on the Movember website.
  • Say thank you to the men in your life. It’s important to let the men in your life know how important they are to you. Whether it’s your brother, son or father, why not tell them how much they mean to you on this special day.
  • Acknowledge the contribution of men. Be it someone famous, or someone close to your heart. There are numerous male leaders and contributors. It’s important to acknowledge what they have done for society.

Make sure to spend the day well, no matter who you are, and remember that we are all in this together in order to create a society equal for all. If you would like more information on International Men’s Day, you can visit their website.

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