In case you didn’t know 19th November is international Men’s Day. Each year the world raises awareness and aims to make a difference to issues men may face including toxic masculinity and mental health.
The date 19th November is the birthday of Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, who is a doctor form Trinidad and Tobago who relaunched the day back in 1999. But despite international Men’s Day being around for so long many don’t realise it exists.
The day focuses on different themes each year but always focuses men’s health, particularly men’s mental health. Suicide is the biggest killer of males under 45 years of age and more people are being encouraged to have open conversation on mental health to help get men talking about their feelings.
This year’s theme for International Men’s Day is Positive Male Role Models, encouraging men to educate boys on the importance of looking after their mental health and not being afraid to have conversations on mental wellbeing.
So never feel like you can’t talk to someone. The University has counselling and mental health services who are here to help you and you can always go and talk to your GP. Our Wellbeing and Mental Health Community are always open to new ideas on how we can help improve student life here at Coventry University so feel free to get involved.