Every year, International Men’s Day in the UK is marked by more and more men, women and organisations across the country. Throughout November there are many important evens happening such as Parliamentary debates, policy launches, employer days, community events, health days, charity events and mental health discussions.
The aim of the day is to highlight and celebrate the positive value men bring to our world, their families and communities.
The three main themes for International Men's Day in the UK this year are: Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys; raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing; and, finally, promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity.
Men are less likely to attend University when compared to women and boys are less likely to achieve academically in school and are more likely to face exclusions.
The promotion of tolerance, respect, care, compassion and kindness are to be celebrated as we seek positive male role models to help discuss, guide and inform us towards being the best person we can be within the society we live in.
This certainly challenges the traditional and stereotypical norms of masculinity and manhood which infers boys and men must be active, aggressive, tough, daring, and dominant. This week, Wrexham AFC has also supported the anti-bullying campaign message of 'one kind word'. The message is a simple one where we can all make a difference to someone; you might be the only person the recipient of your smile and hello will see for a week.
Having a conversation both about our physical, and mental health concerns can be challenging for many men for many reasons but it is vitally important to have those conversations.
With higher rates of prostate cancer and suicide reported, Wrexham AFC want to keep sending the key message of 'It's OK to talk'. The first conversation can often be the hardest when we have a physical or mental health concern but it is important to remember there are people out there willing to listen and support you.
Our Dragon Chat service is here every Thursday to provide a safe space for men to talk but there is some important information below should you require more urgent support.
- In cases of emergency where risk is imminent call 999
- If any person has taken an overdose they need to be taken to nearest District General Hospital immediately for treatment, (if required).
- If a person has experienced self-harm and the injury requires medical treatment go to the appropriate medical setting (G.P, Minor Injury Unit or Accident & Emergency Department) depending on the injury.
- If a person expresses suicidal thoughts and goes missing, call the Police on 999 or 101 and report what has happened. Make sure you tell the Police about any previous overdoses, suicidal ideation or destructive behaviour that has caused injuries.
Here is an helpful number and agency to call:
The Community Advice and Listening Line provide 24 hour service 365 days a year for Wales.
C.A.L.L helpline 0800 132 737