International Men's Day - It's OK to talk

International Men’s Day is a day dedicated to talking and raising awareness about men’s health and wellbeing. 

According to the Samaritans, men in the UK are three times more likely to take their lives than women – making it the biggest killer of men under 45.

Too often men are afraid to talk about their mental health because they fear the reaction they receive or think they should bottle up their emotions. But at DLG, we understand the massive difference talking can make – and that’s why we encourage everyone to have open conversations about mental health. 

 

That's 1 man every 2 hours

and 12 men every day!

Over 4,500 men take their own lives every year

Meet Andy’s Man Club

Mental Health is at the heart of our wellbeing strategy and last month, we brought all 137 of our mental health first aiders together to network, support each other and hear from some inspiring speakers.

One of those speakers was Andy Greenway, from Andy’s Man Club, a self-help initiative set up by Halifax rugby player Luke Ambler after the suicide of his brother-in-law.

Its aim of this intitiave is to prevent male suicide and to let men all over the country know that ‘It’s okay to talk’ and to get help before their problems become overwhelming. Check out this video where we asked Andy to talk about the stigmas men face and why it’s OK to talk … 

A word from our Mental Health First Aiders

We also asked our mental health first aiders to share their views on men’s mental health, why it’s so important for us to break down barriers and how talking about your feelings can save a life. Here’s what they had to say … 

To find out more about our wellbeing strategy and how we help employees tackle their mental health, click here