Father’s day Message: Prioritizing Men’s Mental Health

Every man may have his own beliefs about what it means to be a man. However, society often imposes expectations on how men should behave. These expectations dictate that men must always be strong and powerful, both physically and mentally. They are expected to be rational and logical, never emotional, leading to the common saying, “Real men don’t cry.” Vulnerability is discouraged, and self-reliance is emphasized in financial and other aspects.

While these expectations are unrealistic for any human being, there is a persistent belief that a ‘real man’ should embody these traits and more. Failing to meet these expectations often results in being considered “not man enough.” The pressure to meet these demands has led to disproportionately high rates of suicide among men. Men’s mental health is often neglected, leaving them vulnerable and without support.

That’s why International Men’s Mental Health Day is celebrated every November 19. This day highlights the many issues men face, including parental alienation, abuse, homelessness, suicide, and violence. This year’s theme is Zero Male Suicide.

As we observe Men’s Mental Health Day, I, as Chairman of, extend my heartfelt greetings to every man. In our society, where strength is often equated with a lack of emotion, it’s crucial to redefine true strength. True strength lies in the openness to express emotions and the courage to seek support in times of mental distress. Experiencing mental health challenges does not lessen our masculinity; it underscores our human complexity.

I encourage each of you to take a moment today to consider your mental health. Let’s promote an atmosphere where talking about mental health is as normal and important as discussing physical health.

At, our commitment extends beyond business. We strive to champion mental health awareness, creating a space where empathy and support are cornerstones. Remember, you are not traveling alone on this journey called life. The first step is often the most transformational, whether it’s talking to a professional, joining a community organization, or confiding in a friend.

On this Father’s Day, I want to especially recognize the fathers who carry the dual responsibility of being role models and caretakers. Your strength, love, and dedication are invaluable. Embrace your roles as fathers, friends, and mentors. Demonstrate to those around us that it’s commendable to express emotions and seek help. By doing so, we can dismantle the stigmas surrounding mental health and lay the groundwork for a future where emotional honesty and well-being are prioritized.

Stay resilient, prioritize your health, and always know that reaching out is a sign of strength. Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there. Your love and care make the world a better place.

This is a message from the Executive Director, Urbanus W. Azupogo.

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