Raising awareness of men’s issues on International Men’s Day 2018
19 November 2018
Colleagues from across our company are marking International Men’s Day 2018 by raising awareness of men’s health and wellbeing issues and highlighting their positive male role models.
International Men’s Day (IMD) is a worldwide event held annually on 19 November. The event seeks to highlight the health and wellbeing issues faced by men. For example, men in the UK are three times as likely to take their own lives according to figures from Samaritans.
Across the company, our colleagues have been demonstrating their support by blogging about the inspirational men in their lives and sharing stories about their wellbeing and mental health. Here are some quotes from the blogs we shared:
All our employees and their families have 24-hour access to counselling services through our Employee Assistance Programme. They can call anytime for professional counselling to help with a wide range of personal problems including stress, relationship difficulties, bereavement, anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse, employment or financial concerns.
Ben Croxford, our Safety Development Manager, said: “We’re delighted to recognise International Men’s Day. This important day allows us to shine a light on issues men face that aren’t often talked about.
“It wasn’t easy or comfortable for me to blog about my personal experiences today. Typically, men are less likely to be open about their wellbeing, especially around mental health. So, men sharing their personal stories about how they’ve overcome their health battles, will hopefully encourage others to be more open and seek support.”
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