International Men’s Day
November 19, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
International Men’s Day
Today is International Men’s Day (IMD), which aims to raise awareness of issues which have a particular effect on men. This includes shining a spotlight on men’s mental health, toxic masculinity, and the high rate of suicide in men, the Independent reports.
According to data published by the Samaritans, an emotional wellbeing and support charity, men are twice as likely to take their own lives then women in the UK.
IMD 2018 coincides with this year’s Movember, a month where men grow their facial hair to promote conversations around men’s mental health, suicide prevention and prostate and testicular cancer.
The official theme of this year’s IMD is ‘Positive Male Role Models’.
Warwick Marsh, coordinator of internationalmensday.co.uk, told the Independent: ‘We have put the spotlight on positive role models to raise awareness of men’s health and wellbeing.’
‘International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man,’ he added.
Listen to our podcast on why men don’t seek therapy here, and keep an eye on our Twitter feed all day for more IMD content.
New mobile game aims to help grieving children
A new mobile game ‘Apart of Me’, designed with the help of bereavement and child psychologists, is aiming to help young people who have lost a parent or sibling.
According to ITV, many children turn to social media platforms during a loss. Apart of Me creator and UKCP psychotherapist Louis Weinstock saw the need to utilise technology to help children during grief.
UK charity Child Bereavement UK says that 1 in 29 school-children lose a parent or sibling, the equivalent of one child in very classroom.
Apart of Me is the first interactive app that uses a game to communicate therapeutic techniques and practices to deal with grief in a safe space.
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