Happy International Men's Day! This year's theme is "making a difference for men and boys." There is an International Men's Day website, but it's down at the moment, presumably because of too much traffic. However, based on Google's cached version: "International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character … Continue reading Happy International Men’s Day!
I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one. World Toilet Day is an initiative of UN-Water, the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation. This year's theme is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safe sanitation. The numbers are astonishing. Open defecation … Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing
Today is World Kindness Day. With all of the anger, hate, and divisiveness raging in the world right now, we need more kindness. Kindness can be so simple, and doesn't have to cost a thing. So today, and every day, be kind.
On November 11, the day the guns of World War I fell silent in 1918, we mark Remembrance Day to remember and honour all those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Wilfred Owen served in the British forces in WWI, and wrote poetry about what he saw. He was killed in action a … Continue reading Lest We Forget
Today is World Mental Health Day (the 27th annual), and this year's focus is on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The message from the president of the World Federation for Mental Health, which organizes World Mental Health Day, states: "The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is … Continue reading It’s World Mental Health Day
I've seen a few people mention online that it's the International Day of Happiness. I was a bit skeptical, so I took a look at the website, https://www.dayofhappiness.net. This year's theme is "Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us." They have a Ten Keys … Continue reading International Day of Happiness
Today is International Women's Day, and the theme for this year's theme is #BalanceforBetter. To me, feminism is about tearing down the gender norms and stereotypes that divide us and marginalize people who don't fit into certain boxes. This is not about sameness, because we are all unique, although as human beings there is more … Continue reading International Women’s Day: Balance for Better
Today is Bell Let's Talk Day (#BellLetsTalk), an anti-stigma mental health awareness campaign sponsored by the Canadian telecom company Bell. Similar to the UK organization Time to Change's Time To Talk Day coming up on February 7, the goal of Bell Let's Talk is to get people talking about mental health and mental illness. A … Continue reading Bell Let’s Talk – What if the elephant in the room could speak?
You can find info here on where to reach out for help if you're in crisis. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It's great to raise awareness, but the problem is, people are still dying. We can talk until we're blue in the face about why and how people should reach out, and there are … Continue reading How do we prevent suicide?