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"Stop Male Suicide" is theme of this year's International Men's Day
International Men's Day (IMD) is going to be celebrated on 19 November to recognise the contribution of men to the family and society besides heightening awareness about their wellbeing and health; improving gender relations; promoting gender equality; highlighting male role models and advocating basic human values.

According to the IMD global website, the theme for 2016 is "Stop Male Suicide". It being held that in most countries, the rate of suicide for men was up to three times more than that of women, and male life expectancy had continued to be lower than that of women. "So let's work together to turn the tide of male ill-health & suicide," urges the website.

"This year Glen Poole the IMD coordinator for the UK has written a book called "Stop Male Suicide." His solution can be summed up in the words LEARN +LOVE+LISTEN. Let's use that as the motto for this year's International Men's Day and lets all help stop male suicide. If we each applied this saying every day the world would become a better place," stated the website.

Currently, IMD is celebrated in over 70 countries including India and is followed by Universal Children's Day on November 20. Over the years, in India, Save Indian Family organization had been spearheading the celebration.

The inaugural celebration of IMD in India was organized by the leading Indian Men's rights organization Save Indian Family and had been demanding the gender neutral laws. Furthermore, the Chennai Chapter of All India Men's Welfare Association had been batting for constitution of Men's Welfare Ministry and a National Commission for Men.

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