Launched in 1999, and now celebrated in more than 80 countries worldwide, thousands of men are alive today because of International Men’s Day, according to organisers.
Warwick Marsh, global coordinator for www.internationalmensday.com said, ‘The theme this year is Better Health for Men and Boys.
‘Globally men die six years younger than women. It’s the case in Australia and it is mostly true around the world. Three out of four suicides are men. 95% of people who die at work are men.
‘Men under 65 are four times more likely to die of heart disease than women, and men under 75 are twice as likely to die from preventable causes than women,’ said Mr Marsh.
‘We live in the days of a silent men’s health crisis.’
What can be done?
IMD organisers say prevention is better than cure, and that laughing is a great way to live longer, with good health the result of mind, body and spirit being in total harmony.
Dwayne Johnson said, ‘Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living, depression does not discriminate. You’ve got to talk about it, you’re not alone.’
IMD organisers are urging men to talk to their friends, and talk to the doctor. Eat well to live well, and don’t forget to exercise – use it or lose it.
As Jim Rohn said, ‘Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live.’
Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, founder of International Men’s Day, said, ‘International Men’s Day has the potential to become the global medium to heal our world.
‘The concept and themes of International Men’s Day are designed to give hope to the depressed, faith to the lonely, comfort to the broken-hearted, transcend barriers, eliminate stereotypes and create a more caring humanity.’
Mr Teelucksingh and the team behind IMD wish everyone a happy International Men’s Day on Thursday the 19 November.
How will you celebrate the day?