Wednesday 18 Nov 2020
International Men's Day is an annual event celebrated on the 19th of November. It is an occasion to celebrate boys' and men's achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to nation, society, community, family, marriage, and childcare. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values.
The theme for this year is ‘better health for men and boys’ which we are supporting internally and externally by encouraging men to have conversations about their mental health and wellbeing.
We know there’s a stigma around men who don’t and won’t talk to others about their problems, thus carrying an ‘extra load’.
To raise awareness, members of the NWP Rugby team, the Chief Constable, Carl Foulkes and the Deputy Chief Constable, Richard Debicki will run the police fitness test (15m track to level 5.4) whilst wearing a weighted backpack.
Geraint Owen of the NWP Rugby team said: “The challenge will let us experience what it’s like to physically carry an added weight for 3 minutes and 21 seconds, the minimum fitness requirement of being a police officer. Most Men will carry an ‘added weight’, mentally, for 24 hours, 7 days a week without sharing any of their problems with anyone.”
Talking about your concerns and problems does help and working through your issues with someone else can take the load off. You could speak to a friend, colleague or you can contact CALL 247 on 0800 132 737 or text help to 81066 or Mind on 0300 123 3393.
This event also provides North Wales Police the opportunity to continue to promote services like The Mankind Initiative, which is a service that supports men who are being subjected to Domestic Abuse, ensuring their voices are heard and that they are empowered at a time they feel their most vulnerable.
Male victims can sometimes feel that they won’t be believed, or that they may be viewed as weak, these can be huge barriers for them to overcome when wanting to come forward to get support.
Mark Brooks, Chairman of the Mankind Initiative said “International Men’s Day is a perfect time to take that first step in escaping from domestic abuse. There are helplines like ours that can help but also remember please do not hesitate pick up the phone to North Wales Police as well.
“One clear theme of the day is to take positive action as a society and individuals to support the wellbeing of men. So we all have a responsibility that if we think a man we know could be a victim of domestic abuse, we should resolve to reach out to him, contact helplines for information on how to help and of course, you can call the police if you think someone is in danger. International Men’s Day should act as a spur to do the right thing and help a man you know escape from domestic abuse.”
PC Mike Taggart – the Strategic Domestic Abuse Officer for North Wales Police said “Being a victim of domestic abuse and trying to leave is extremely difficult. We urge any man who is in a position where he feels frightened, vulnerable or in danger, to get in touch with North Wales Police or support services like Mankind. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, so rest assured, we will help you. You won’t be judged and want you to know, that we are here to support you. International Men’s Day, highlights equality, the importance of men in our society, they too need support and are not immune to the effects domestic abuse.”
If you know of someone experiencing domestic abuse and want to help, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency, or provide them with information regarding the Mankind service, where they will be able to speak to someone in confidence.
Please visit www.mankind.org.uk or for confidential help, please call 01823 334244