Rotherham United are proud to support International Men’s Day, which is taking place today (Thursday 19th November).
Every year, International Men’s Day is commemorated worldwide to shine a spotlight on men who are making a positive difference and to raise awareness of issues that men face on a global scale.
With suicide being the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, according to charity Calm, encouraging people to have open conversations about topics such as men’s mental health and male suicide is essential.
A key theme for International Men’s Day is to “Make a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys.”
The focus is on a number of issues including mental health, isolation/ loneliness, homelessness, employment, education, fatherhood, domestic abuses and sexual violence/ abuse.
The month coincides with ‘Movember’, which encourages men to grow a moustache throughout the month of November to raise awareness for issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
To mark this month, Rotherham United’s first team medical department have once again been lacing up their running shoes throughout the month, in aid of the 10k-a-day for Prostate Cancer UK challenge.
The importance of International Men’s Day is not lost on Rotherham United manager Paul Warne, who is a huge advocate of the importance of an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing.
“Mental and physical health are absolutely essential. There’s pressure on everyone, in every job and in every society," Warne told www.themillers.co.uk.
“It’s okay not to be okay, but it is absolutely crucial to speak to someone if you are not feeling okay in my opinion.
“You have to be able to reach out to people, if you’re having a bad time, if you’re anxious or if there is something that just doesn’t feel right, just speak to someone, because I know from my own personal experiences that it definitely helps.”
For more information on International Men’s Day, please visit www.ukmensday.org.uk.