Giving men and boys better life chances

Let's make a difference

It’s International Men’s Day and in the UK, the focus remains on (i) how we can make a difference to men and boys and (ii) how we can give men and boys better life chances by addressing some of the issues that affect men and boys. These include:

  • The high male suicide rate
  • The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education
  • Men’s health, shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society, e.g. homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody
  • Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
  • Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
  • The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers.

International Men’s Day (IMD) is a global day of observance held every year in more than 60 countries around the globe. It invites everyone to come together and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity.

IMD in the UK takes a gender inclusive approach, to ensure issues affecting women and girls are also resolved. It also recognises the divergence in gender and other factors such as race and sexuality, which can compound the inequalities affecting men and boys.

Some new research is out on men and depression, indicating that the use of testosterone could help the 17% of men in the UK with depressive symptoms.

Men’s Health Forum is a fantastic charity that works to improve men's health services and the health of men. It has some great man manuals and FAQs as well as information on Men’s Pie Club that we have discussed before.

And, of course, it’s still Movember, with a great new video “To be a man of less anxiety, I had to be a man of more words” (see below).