Diane A, Sears
USA Coordinator – International Men’s Day
Chair, USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee
2016 INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY: TALK ABOUT MALE SUICIDE
BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM – 9 March 2016 – This year International Men’s Day, which is held on Saturday 19th November 2016, coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. To help the world mark these two observance days, we are inviting men and women all over the world to join us in adopting the official International Men’s Day Theme for 2016: “Talk About Male Suicide”
The “Talk About Male Suicide” theme highlights the fact that more than 800,000 people die from suicide every year and that in over 99% of countries, the majority of people who take their own lives are men and boys.
Every 40 seonds someone dies from suicide.
In the United Kingdom, for example, men are nearly four times more likely to kill themselves with 13 men dying from suicide every day.
In the United States, approximately 42,773 Americans committed suicide — 77% of these suicides were committed by Men.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the suicide rate is higher than the global average with Men accounting for 76% suicides in that nation (http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2014-09–10/tt-suicide-rates-higher-regional-global-averges%ES%80%94who.
International Men’s Day invites all people, all over the globe, to use 19th November 2016 to start a national conversation about male suicide in your country.
Why are our sons, brothers, fathers, uncles, grandfathers, husbands, partners, male friends and family members, more likely to take their own lives? What causes men and boys to kill themselves? What can we do collectively to reduce the number of men and boy who die every year form suicide? We can only begin to find answers to these questions if we “Talk About Male Suicide”.
International Men’s Day recognizes that there are a broad variety of laws, values and viewpoints around the world that affect different men, in different countries in different ways. There is also a diversity of opinions about those laws, values and viewpoints which are held by the many different men, women, girls and boys throughout the world.
International Men’s Day encourages people to listen respectfully to a diversity of viewpoints as we encourage the world to “Talk About Male Suicide” on 19th November 2016.
As a day of observance we place our focus on that which unites humanity- giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards our shared objectives which we apply equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.
Those objectives 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 all people can grow and reach their full potential.
Finding new, innovative and effective ways to engage every individual and organisation in the world in a conversation about male suicide is just one way people can further the objectives of International Men’s Day in 2016.
International Men’s Day welcomes everyone who is willing to “Talk About Male Suicide” and listen respectfully to what people with a diversity of viewpoints have to say on the subject, to join us in marking the day on 19th November 2016.
In particular we invite people to listen respectfully to the voices of men with lived experience of male suicide and those bereaved or affected by the loss of male suicide as they “Talk About Male Suicide” on International Men’s Day.