International Men’s Day: 19th November

International Men’s Day in the UK provides as fantastic opportunity to highlight some of serious issues affecting boys and men and their wellbeing. The theme for this year is, how we can make a difference to men and boys and how can we address some of the serious issues affecting their health and wellbeing.

Key concerns affecting boys and young men in the UK.

Health and Mental Health

-         In 2014, there were 4,623 male suicides in the UK, accounting for 76% of all suicides. This means that on average more than 12 men a day take their own lives.

-         Men are less likely than women to acknowledge illness or to seek help when sick, and men aged 20-40 are half as likely to go to their GP as women of the same age.

-         Men are more likely than women to drink alcohol and drink at hazardous levels.


-         Around 60,000 fewer boys go to university than girls every year

-         By the age of 16, girls are over 20% more likely to achieve five GCSEs including English and Maths at Grade C or better.

-         Boys are around three times more likely to receive a permanent or fixed period exclusion than girls.

Violence and Abuse

-         Men are nearly twice as likely as women to be a victim of violent crime and among children, boys are more likely than girls to be victims of violence.

-         Male victims (29%) are over twice as likely as women (12%) not to tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from.

-         Every year, 400,000 men in the UK are victims of stalking.

-         One in five victims of forced marriage are male.

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