International Men’s Day is on 19th November 2023, and we wanted to take the opportunity to not just acknowledge this, but also bring to your attention the discrimination men face when it comes to the stereotypes and pressures society places on them.
This year the theme for International Men’s Day is Zero Male Suicide. The suicide rate of men in the UK is 73% in comparison to 27% women* and the reasons for this are based on the false societal and personal notions placed on them. Research suggests men are less likely to communicate effectively which means they are not always putting themselves forward to get the appropriate support for their wellbeing.
While it is hardly spoken about, men are still subject to discrimination based on age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and even parenting duties. However, a lot of these forms of discrimination are dismissed based on the preconceived role of men in society.
Even though the construction industry is male dominated, 8% of men are known to report some form of sexual discrimination and in 2017 for the first time a male worker (non – construction) won his case against his employer for discrimination due to the employer failing to award his paternity rights.
The Lighthouse Club has been delivering charitable support to the construction community since 1956, and is the only charity that provides emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families. If you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, or simply wish to talk to someone in confidence, you can call the 24/7 Helpline on 0345 605 1956 to access:
- Emergency financial aid in times of crisis following an illness, accident, injury or bereavement.
- Advice on wellbeing issues as an employee or an employer
- Support and advice for sufferers of stress and addiction-related illnesses
- Advice on matters ranging from divorce to employment
- Advice on specific tax-related issues concerning employment within the construction sector
- Help to manage and reschedule debt
- Help to understand the benefits system and your entitlement, especially if you are caring for others
- Support on career changes, especially after accident or injury preventing you from returning to your original job
To become an ally of International Men’s Day UK, or to learn more click on the below link: https://ukmensday.org.uk/2023-theme/#:~:text=This%20year%2C%20International%20Men's%20Day,found%20in%20the%20images%20section)
* Samaritans Data source May 2023