2016 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY: ADDRESSING THE PROVERBIAL "ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM": THE GLOBAL MALE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
For far too long, the Male Mental Health Crisis has been allowed to become the proverbial “elephant in the room”. The rate of suicides among Men and Boys has risen exponentially. In over 99% of the nations where suicide deaths occur, the majority of the souls committing suicide are Men and Boys. In the United Kingdom, for example, men are nearly four times more likely to kill themselves with 13 men dying from suicide every day. Approximately 42,773 Americans commit suicide annually and 77% of these suicides are committed by Men. In Trinidad and Tobago, the suicide rate is higher than the global average with Men accounting for 76% of suicides in that nation. These heart wrenching and startling statistics moved Global and Regional Coordinators for International Men’s Day to issue a “Call To Action” by adopting the theme of “Talk About Male Suicide” for 2016 International Men’s Day. Inaugurated in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D. in Trinidad and Tobago, International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the contributions and selfless sacrifices that Men – everyday Men – make to our families, our communities, and our world. Observed on 19 November of each year, International Men’s Day is celebrated by 81 nations and shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed annually on 20 November and is endorsed by the United Nations.
Let’s look at how Canada, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States observed 2016 International Men’s Day.
Express Scripts Canada Co. Observes 2016 International Men’s Day
Express Scripts Canada Co. (www.express-scripts,ca), one of the leading providers of health benefits management services in Canada headquartered in Mississauga, Canada, jumped into the worldwide celebration of 2016 International Men’s Day by acknowledging the contributions of Men to Canada’s medical landscape on its website. The Canadian corporation’s website explored the 2016 International Men’s Day theme, “Talk About Suicide” and provided a list of Men who made “significant medical advances” in the Canadian pharmaceutical industry:
- 1921: Drs. Banting and Best, Collip, and Macleod discovered insulin, revolutionizing the treatment of diabetes and giving the Canadian scientific community its first Nobel Prize.
- 1961: Dr. Harold Copp discovered calcitonin—a hormone that inhibits the release of calcium from the bones—now used to treat osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone and rheumatoid arthritis.
- 1967: Dr. Henri Breault developed the first childproof medication cap in Windsor Ontario, which contributed to the reduction of childhood poisonings by 90%.
- 1971: Dr. Raymond Lemieux synthesized the sugar molecule found on the surface of type B blood cells. His research led to improved treatments for hemophilia and leukemia, and new antibiotics and anti-rejection drugs.
- 1989: Dr. Bernard Belleau developed lamivudine—a potent antiviral medication that is an important component of HIV/AIDS treatment.
- 2006: Drs. Hertzel Gerstein and Salim Yusuf found that rosiglitazone reduces the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 60%.
- 2007: Dr. Michel Tremblay and his research team discovered a diabetes drug could slow or even stop the growth of breast cancer tumors by blocking an enzyme found in 40% of women with the disease.
- 2009: Dr. Russell Jones and a Canada/U.S. research team discovered that the Diabetes drug metformin may be able to make vaccines and cancer treatments more effective
- Dr. Patrick Lubega, Uganda National Coordinator for International Men’s Day and Through Hands Across.org Launch 2016 International Men’s Observance with “Male Recognition For Gender Equality” Through Hands Across.Org and its “Male Recognition For Gender Equality” model, Dr. Patrick Lubega and Ms. Rashim L. Salim will work to change societal views on male-related issues by involving families and the community of Wakiso to promote gender equality. The model developed by Dr. Patrick and Ms. Salim is in direct alignment with the mission of international Men’s Day which is working to change the manner in which the world addresses and views the unique issues that confront Men and Boys throughout our global village.
- Men's Protection Against Domestic Violence observes 2016 International Men’s Day