International Men’s Day 2023 is a global observance that celebrates the positive contributions and achievements of men while addressing important issues affecting men’s health, well-being, and gender equality. This day provides an opportunity to promote discussions and actions that support men’s physical and mental health, encourage positive role models, and a more inclusive society.
What is International Men’s Day?
Inaugurated in 1999 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh in Trinidad and Tobago, International Men’s Day is an annual event that highlights the importance of recognizing and addressing the challenges and experiences of men and boys. It encourages conversations about men’s mental health, positive masculinity, and gender equality.
International Men’s Day and Movember
In tandem with International Men’s Day, Movember takes center stage throughout November. Movember is a global movement that originated in Australia, encouraging men to grow mustaches during November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
Both Movember and International Men’s Day share common goals of promoting men’s health and challenging societal norms surrounding masculinity. By participating in these events you can show you support the well-being of men and boys in various ways. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Promote Men’s Health: Encourage men to prioritize their physical and mental health by seeking medical advice and support when needed.
- Advocate for Gender Equality: Challenge harmful stereotypes and behaviors that affect both men and women, promoting an inclusive society.
- Support Positive Masculinity: Celebrate positive male role models, embracing emotions and vulnerabilities as part of a healthy masculinity.
- Movember Participation: Engage in Movember by growing a mustache, raising funds, or participating in Movember-related events to support men's health causes.
Movemer at Bertling
As part of our health focus in October, we made an announcement on Men’s Health to raise awareness of men’s mental and physical health. We also presented the ALEC model - Ask, listen, encourage action, and check in, as caring and being there for your friends can be lifesaving. Additionally, we have held a presentation on Prostate Cancer Awareness to raise the awareness of this important subject among our colleagues.