International Men's Day (IMD) has spent a long time in the pipeline. Calls for IMD started in the 1960s but it wasn't until a doctor in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999, with the help of UNESCO, finally got an IMD recognised.
The goal of International Men's Day is to invite everyone from any gender or background to unite. There are 6 pillars to IMD which are:
To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
To celebrate men’s positive contributions; to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment
To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and 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.
At Persona we are all about living your best life, for our customers and also our staff, so following on from the successful launch of our Menopause Cafe in September, we are pleased to announce that a monthly men's support group will be starting on 18th November. It will be a safe space for males to gather and talk about... well, anything really. It is a space (virtually for the time being) where the men of Persona can gather and talk about what is on their minds. Staff will be able to log into the group from the intranet.
Movember aims to change the mindset on men's health, focussing on suicide prevention, mental health, prostate and testicular cancer awareness.
Persona is encouraging staff to take part in the MoRun in Heaton Park on November 20th
by funding part of the entrance fee for any colleagues who want to take up the challenge. (Staff can find more details on the intranet.)
Nine men from across Persona shared their thoughts on men's health with us this month. Here is a taste of what they had to say:
Persona colleagues can read the full interviews on the Wellbeing Hub.