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Men’s Health Awareness Month

Moving to another country to travel, work, and learn attracts a whole host of different people. Here at York, we try hard to look after everyone as holistically as possible. This month being Men’s Health Awareness Month, we have been focusing on Men’s health. 

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 1948). Although women are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health disorders, more men die from suicide worldwide. Without good mental health, are we even healthy? 

Men make up over 50% of our foreign staff here at York, and we have spent this month drawing attention to the importance of looking after your body and mind.

Statistically, men under 45 are at a higher risk of dying by suicide than any other means. As the majority of our staff are under 45 years of age, are in a foreign country away from their family, and are possibly feeling mental health effects of COVID, we are serious in supporting as much as we can!

We have shared weekly mental health posts directed at men’s health and locations of clinics to get a check-up, our Senior Teachers have been discussing the effects of labels on children, and we’ve been organizing events each week for people to get together. 

On the 18th of June companies all around the world encouraged their employees to wear blue to raise awareness of Men’s Health. We were one of them.

Wearing blue meant not only showing support for our male staff, but also our students, and personal relations, too.

Maintaining relationships with people in our home countries and building new relationships in our host country is an important way to combat homesickness and culture shock. At this time, when the world is suffering, it has never been more important to keep those connections alive. 

Having lots of friends doesn’t always mean that one will call on those friends in a time of need. Stigma, labels, and judgements on others can sometimes stop people from opening up when they need to.

We are aiming to nip this in the bud with chats about labels on young children, a changing behaviour management policy, and offering space for our staff to talk if they need to.

Many of our teachers form strong relationships with their students and support their growth and development in more than just vocab and grammar. Health is not just relevant in the doctor’s office or the gym, it’s important to look after it at all times, even in English class!  

Hopefully, you read this post and take away how important your health is, whether you identify as a man, a woman, or non-binary.

You don’t always need to visit a doctor to keep your physical and mental health in check. Being honest with yourself is the first step. Talking to someone you trust, be it your family, your friends, or a doctor is a good way to validate your feelings and check your physical health too. 

Happy Men’s Health Awareness Month from all of us at York 😊

http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

Blog post written by our Sam, our resident counsellor. You can read more about Sam and the help she gives our staff here: https://www.yorkenglishcareers.com/york-experience/

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