I pledge to do everything I can to raise the profile of CALM, Year of the Male and everything involved. This year I pledge to work with several organisations and organise events throughout the year to help battle depression in men and to let them know that they're not alone.
Read here about pledges made in support of the Charter for Contemporary Man.
We will get men talking about the four Charter calls, getting involved in projects and actively campaigning to bring about change by growing conversations through groups and gatherings. MB50 is a collaborative community for men of our age, welcoming and sharing stories, resources and events, and enabling happy, aware and fulfilled lives as we grow together and bring about positive change in the world. It offers groups, gatherings and growing conversations, both face-to-face and online, in which to hear and spread the voices of older men.
This year is our 5th anniversary and we are calling on our supporters to 'Stand Up To Eating Disorders' to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions. We will continue to provide male sufferers and carers a platform for which they can get their voices heard. Breaking down the barriers at the point access and within treatment services is key so that male sufferers can seek support early, opposed to crisis. We are seeking to address this is by increasing public awareness campaigns and training sessions for professionals to attend from across the UK. Ultimately, we want male sufferers to be able to receive the care they need irrespective of the gender. 'Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is a charity that seeks to raise awareness of male eating disorders. We provide information through our website, plus links to support and online peer support services.
We want to reach out to Veterans, Reservists and Families who need help, before it is too late. There is no need to wait to get better. Help and recovery is possible and available NOW.
We'll be working with a number of national organisations in Scotland to help them positively engage, support, and empower men to become the best fathers they can be. We'll also be supporting individuals working with children & families through peer support groups and best practice / networking workshops. Fathers Network Scotland is a small Scottish charity supported as a strategic partner by the Scottish Government. We are working to promote the physical, mental and emotional health of fathers in Scotland, by raising awareness and increasing understanding of the importance of fathers in child development and parenting.
Survivors Manchester pledges to support the Year of The Male, in what is our 5th Anniversary of supporting boys and men to become the individuals they choose to be. We make a commitment to continuing to speak out to ensure that the needs of men and boys' are being met in the provision of public services, specifically with regards to those males dealing with the impact of sexual violation, and to stand up for those that have not yet found their voice. And finally, we make a guarantee that the whole team at Survivors Manchester will challenge the myths and stereotypes that keep boys and men suffering in silence and educate society to #breakthesilence
We will stage Men's MOT Week in April 2014 - a week dedicated to encouraging men to stay aware of their health and address any concerns, whether its stress, burnout, back pain or an undiagnosed lump by visiting their doctor, having a spa treatment or simply talking to a friend. We will be running a week of blog articles talking about men's physical and mental health and promoting the week to our 320,000 customers. We are doing this to encourage men to look after themselves and will be working with the Campaign Against Living Miserably on specific content around men's mental wellbeing. Spabreaks is the UK's largest spa recommendation service, sending more than 2500 people on spa days and breaks. In a wider context, we pride ourselves on spreading a message of accessible health and wellbeing.
We pledge to work with other organisations supporting the ‘Year of the Male’ in partnership and mutual learning, and continue to include the themes of the charter throughout our work
To help in any way I can to raise awareness of YOTM
As part of IPC Media’s partnership with CALM, we will encourage our brands to support the Year of the Male’s public campaign through editorial, social media and donated advertising space to engage our audiences in men’s stories, whether they are other men, mothers, sisters, partners or friends. We’ll also be advising on research for the Year of the Male’s audit of modern masculinity. IPC Media is the UK's leading consumer magazine and digital publisher. With more than 60 iconic media brands, IPC engages with 26 million UK adults - almost two thirds of UK women and over 40% of UK men and our award winning portfolio of websites reaches over 25 million global users every month.