Want to get a conversation happening at work or at home?
Conversations about wellbeing, equality and behavioural change can sometimes be tricky to get started. International Men’s Day is a great opportunity to start an open, honest and positive discussion.
We’ve put together a list of ways to help you get started.
Wear two different shoes on Friday 19th November.
It can be fun, and it can also be a great conversation starter whether you are sitting around the dinner table or around the water cooler at work.
Things to do at work:
As men, spend time asking women how they are feeling. Take time to listen to their experiences. Creating a more equitable society comes from a greater level of understanding about other’s experiences.
Organise some time to sit down over a shared morning tea or lunch and have a chat about positive ways that men can Step Up to:
o Support women and equity
o Support other men to be open in talking about their mental wellbeing
Share stories about the positive examples you have seen of men being open about mental health and the steps they’ve taken to look after their mental wellbeing.
Things to do at home, or outside work:
Reach out to men you haven't spoken to in a while.
Talk to the men in your life about what they do to take care of their mental health and what steps they’ve taken this year to help manage stress.
As men, choose to fill in your blind spots about how women are feeling in relation to equality and their place in society. Find out what you personally can do differently.
If you feel that you need to get proactive in looking after your wellbeing or opening up about any issues you are facing, join a men's circle hosted by one of the many organisations that are involved in men's support and mental health.
If you want more ideas or information on how you can help on International Men's Day then please reach out to us personally. We would love to speak to you.