International Mens Day, or IMD, has advocated for men to laugh stronger, live longer. Now, in its 19th year, on Nov. 19, more than 80 countries will stand strong behind the organization’s call.

This year’s theme, according to Warwick Marsh, a coordinator organization, said this year’s theme, “Better Health for Men and Boys,” is integral to its mission to help individuals, families, churches, communities, small business and corporates, including NGOs and Government work towards better health for men and boys.

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“We want to promote the need to value men and boys and help people make practical improvements in men and boy’s health and well-being.”

Marsh, a resident of Australia, said IMD encourages men to lead by example. Boys need positive male role models. Our broader community also needs positive male role models. The social Science research shows that when men as fathers aspire to better health their children do the same.

Coach Michael Taylor, regional coordinator for International Mens Day for the state of Texas, told Inside The Pew he is scheduled to provide a keynote presentation at their virtual conference this Thursday, Nov. 19. His talk, titled “A New Conversation With Men,” is based on his book of the same title.

Coach Michael Taylor

Taylor will share the five illusions of manhood that cause the majority of pain and suffering in a man’s life. He will also reveal how men can wake up from the illusions and live extraordinary lives.

“I believe the greatest challenge facing our world today is redefining manhood and masculinity. By providing men with resources and mentoring that supports them in recognizing how the old paradigm of masculinity no longer works, we can eradicate a wide range of social ills like senseless acts of violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, and suicide. This is the reason I support International Mens Day and why I’ve chosen to be a part of its annual celebration.”

Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, founder of International Mens Day, from Trinidad & Tobago said: “International Mens Day has the potential to become the global medium to heal our world. The concept and themes of International Men’s Day are designed to give hope to the depressed, faith to the lonely, comfort to the broken-hearted, transcend barriers, eliminate stereotypes, and create a more caring humanity.

“I and the team at International Men’s Day encourage you to plan to celebrate International Mens Day and to wish everyone a happy International Mens Day on Thursday the 19 November.”

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