Connect with us

Men’s Health

MR GAD ordinance: On men and adolescent boys’ health and well-being



part 3

After reading my columns on the Ordinance on Men’s Responsibility in Gender and Development (MR GAD) with attorney Marilyn Riley, our class representative, when I was an American Field Service student at Granite Hills High School, California several years ago. in Davao City, I received the following comments:

“This is an excellent program that should be adopted worldwide. Men seem to be afraid to talk to other men except about their work, politics and sports. I find it sad that for the most part men cannot talk about their feelings and problems with each other. That way women have more freedom than they do. “

This feedback is an indication that men, even in a different cultural setting, are unable to express their feelings and problems to other men because they have generally been socialized to believe that they should be emotionally strong and strong Men don’t cry. Men’s inability to communicate with peers and other people and to suppress their emotions has been linked to risky behaviors such as smoking, alcoholism, substance abuse, violence, and injury. They also rarely seek medical, psychological, and other health services. These are some of the reasons why more men than women around the world have committed suicide. Although there are more women who are depressed and have attempted suicide, the number of men who take their own lives is three to four times higher than the suicide rate among women. (See Helen Schumacher. March 18, 2019, Why More Men Than Women Die By Suicide,; World Health Organization Suicide Worldwide Global Estimates 2019,

In the past 21 months, male suicide rates have reportedly increased in many parts of the world as the role of men as breadwinners was changed – after jobs or livelihoods were lost due to the economic downturn caused by Covid. 19. It has also exacerbated frustration and depression among young people because of their education and training that make them home and unable to move around and interact face-to-face with their peers.

Although the Philippines has one of the lowest suicide rates in the world, the number of suicide deaths per 100,000 population shows an increasing trend from 1.80 in 2000 to 2.20 in 2019. The majority (almost three quarters) are committed by men. The highest number of suicide cases is between the ages of 15 and 24 years. (See; -Prevention / Länderprofile / PHL.pdf).

There are several strategies being used in different parts of the world to address this public health issue.

I believe that the MR GAD package of programs and services will be able to make positive contributions to resolving the above issue and other related issues relating to the health and wellbeing of men as it is “men-with- Men’s speeches and peer-to-peer strategies “and is intended to” provide space for men and boys to discuss openly, without fear, ridicule or shame, of their personal and social problems and issues related to gender and development. “

Through the local teams of MR GAD, the leaders of the Barangay (village) are urged by the city government to develop programs and guidelines that reduce and reduce smoking, alcoholism, drug use and other male-defined risky behaviors related to violence, abuse and oppression / or should eliminate.

The proposed Men’s Health Center will develop and provide a range of services for “men’s mental health, including anger management, men-to-man counseling, alcoholism and drug use counseling, and parenting counseling, among others”. Cell phone or internet hotlines can be set up to provide assistance to men who need immediate help from a life support advisor. The city government intends to recruit a trained male mental health professional to provide appropriate health services. These programs and services are offered in partnership with the city’s Mental Health Wellness Center.

Aside from mental health services, the city government promotes reproductive and sexual health and rights of men (RSHR) and offers the following men’s specific programs and services through the Center for Men’s Health in partnership with the city population department of the city health office: a) Adolescent Boy Health; b) Aging and andropause (male menopause, an age-related change in male hormone levels that can trigger physical, sexual and psychological difficulties in many men over the age of 50); c) family planning; d) impotence and fertility disorders; e) vasectomy without a scalpel; f) prostate screening; and g) sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV / AIDS screening and management.

Although men are often the perpetrators of domestic and gender-based violence (GBV), the MR GAD regulation also mandates that they should play an important role in their barangay by participating in the promotion of “nonviolent” communities by local government . However, should they become a victim of gender-based violence, they may lodge a complaint in accordance with this legislation and other relevant national and local laws.

The city of Davao passed a corresponding law in 2012 called the “Anti-Discrimination Ordinance”, which aims to “punish acts of discrimination based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, race, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, and state of health.” This law was amended on March 22, 2019 to help people suffering from communicable diseases such as hepatitis B, HIV and AIDS, and tuberculosis, who are discriminated against by health and other care providers.

The aim is to improve the skills of the gender desk staff of the Philippine National Police in order to be able to effectively administer and support male GBV victims. GBV is viewed as a type of discrimination and the MR GAD regulation has listed some of these discriminatory acts as follows:

“1. Denial of access to public or private services, facilities, utilities, and facilities open to the public based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (sogie);

“2. Require disclosure and use of Sogie as criteria for hiring, promotion, transfer, naming, assignment, termination, performance review, compensation, career development, training, and incentives

“3. Harassment, coercion or threat by members of institutions involved in law enforcement or the protection of rights against someone for his / her sogie;

4. Speeches, remarks, and expressions, whether oral or online, that offend, shame, denigrate, or incite discrimination against a person because of sogie;

“5. All other forms of verbal, physical, visual, sexual and psychological harassment analogous to the above.”

In order to achieve the desired peace, harmony and gender equality in Davao city, how the local government unit translates into action and measures the gender needs of its male voters as set out in the MR GAD regulation is crucial maintains their support.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Men’s Health

Walking Daily Helped Me Lose 28 Pounds and Get Shredded at 52



Bernard Creed, a 52-year-old accountant from Dubai, shared the results of his 12-week body transformation with Men’s Health and revealed the surprising mental benefits of his new routine.

I always worked out and tried to choose healthy foods. Even during Covid, I stuck to my workout routine at home. I was never heavy, but after I was 50 I noticed that things were catching up with me and my metabolism was not what it used to be. I was no longer able to get away with my previous habits, had gained weight, and felt uncomfortable in my clothes.

I knew I had to make some changes so I started working at Ultimate Performance Dubai with my trainer, Tawfik Bakkar. In addition to our three times a week strength training, I also spent a lot more time doing cardio: I started daily walks and took 15,000 steps every day.

The biggest change for me was learning macros. That was really a revelation. I knew high protein would help me maintain my muscle percentage, but I hadn’t been paying attention to the healthy fats I needed and the effect of carbohydrates on energy. Keeping track of my macros and meeting my daily goals forced me to make much better decisions and ended up having a huge impact.

I had coaches in the past but never got very far. Tawfik taught me how the combination of weight training, macro goals, sleep, hydration, and daily walking was really transformative. He checked in with me every day and pushed me further – this professional support was great.

In total, I lost a total of 13 kg (28 pounds) and managed to gain 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) of muscle mass in 12 weeks.

Ultimate performance

While the physical transformation was quite drastic on the outside, I have to say that daily walks of over an hour a day resulted in the greatest change on the inside. It brought an element of mindfulness into my day and allowed me some peace to think and reflect. I had never experienced this combination of physical and mental changes.

I’ve also had back pain for years – but since I’ve been training with Tawfik without putting any pressure on this area, I haven’t had any back problems since then.

Mens Health MVP Subscription

I’ve kept up with my workouts, macro goals, and daily walks, and I feel really great with the choices I’ve introduced into my lifestyle. Tawfik recently started the bulk phase of my workout, which I love. I am building more muscle and increasing my calorie intake and I look forward to seeing where this next leg of my health and fitness journey will take me.

My advice to anyone looking to get in better shape is to find a program and trainer that will suit you and your needs. Having someone who pushes you knows what they’re doing and listens is key. If you don’t have the budget, there are plenty of apps and forums out there with useful information. But remember to block the noise from critics and focus only on what will help you pursue your goals.

Last but not least: a daily walk is free and will surprise you with its effects.

Philip Ellis is a UK based freelance writer and journalist specializing in pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ + topics.

This content is created and maintained by a third party and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may find more information on this and similar content at

Continue Reading

Men’s Health

It’s okay not to be okay



The Chronicle

Andile Tshuma
Last week’s headlines painted a sad picture with a string of suicides recorded across the country.
Ironically, we are still in suicide prevention month.

September is a time to raise awareness of suicide and help prevent it. It’s about people living with mental or behavioral health problems and helping to reduce the stigma that so many experiences have.

Most people can name many ways to measure physical health. Mental health is harder to define. We know what it is like to be happy, sad, angry, or satisfied. Sometimes we’re just somewhere in between.

The mental health of women and men has become a public health issue that requires attention, especially in the face of rising incidences of depression, violent crime, and suicide.

A man’s toughness is viewed as closely related to physical and emotional strength and invincibility.

Being told to be a man throughout parenting and even in adulthood reinforces the idea that men should be tough and deal with problems on their own.

There is a widespread social expectation that men should never rely on other people, talk about their feelings, or seek help with their physical or mental health.

Men in particular find it difficult and unnecessary to seek psychological help or counseling services.
The latest available data from the World Health Organization shows that Zimbabwe has the 34th highest suicide rate in the world and fifth in Africa behind Lesotho, ESwatini, South Africa and Botswana, respectively.

In the past five years, more men than women have committed suicide, according to mental wellness organization Create Zim.

Padare / Enkundleni Men’s Forum on Gender-Based Seniors Programs Mr Ziphongezipho Ndebele recently said the state of mental health of men in the country was of concern and called for a change in the behavior of men looking for health.

“You will find that men are most likely to experience mental illness because they do not seek help and do not share their problems. Many men struggle with depression. It’s real We really need to achieve more and share the message that it’s okay not to be okay. If you look at the suicide statistics over the past few years, you will see a worrying trend and show you that we are indeed in a crisis, ”said Ndebele.

Global and regional health institutions and bodies must assume specific global obligations as well as accompanying frameworks and strategies in order to better address the links between masculinity and poor health behavior.

Growing numbers of people are resorting to suicide in Bulawayo due to social pressure as police complain about the high rate of suicide cases in the city, including young people.
People usually think of suicide when they are exposed to social pressures, when they feel they have failed, or even when their family breaks down. Therefore, it is important that families watch out for suicidality as suicide can be prevented.

Communities need to be on the lookout for depression or other psychiatric problems that trigger suicide.

A local psychiatrist said that most suicide cases are male dominated because of the belief that a macho should suppress things even if they are affected by social pressures.

According to medical professionals, severe depression can be effectively combated with modern drugs and other medical techniques, but it is necessary that those who drift into suicidal depression are identified as quickly as possible and referred to competent doctors or psychiatrists.

Police in the city have also raised concerns about the alarming suicide rates in the city and urged parishioners to consider counseling before they commit suicide.

Surveys from around the world show that most men everywhere struggle to open up about mental health, but they are significantly more at risk of attempting suicide than women.

According to the 2018 World Health Organization (WHO) report, three times as many men as women die from suicide in high-income countries.

However, reports show that men are less likely than women to seek psychological support or therapy when they have problems.

The 2018 WHO reports set out that the cultural stigma associated with mental health is one of the main barriers preventing people from admitting that they need help.

This stigma is particularly pronounced among men.
Prescribed age-old ideas about gender and expectations are also behind the leading cause of mental health problems in men that eventually lead to suicide.

The report goes on to say that many are embarrassed to seek formal treatment for mental health problems, which often leads some of them to contemplate suicide.

Talking about mental health is not as easy in a social setting as it is at a soccer game. Everyone wants to create the image that their house is in order and everything is good, which in many cases can be an illusion.

Family members must offer support if they notice any suspicious trends that suggest a family member is suffering from depression.

Self-medication with alcohol and other substances is a common symptom of depression in men and can worsen mental health problems and increase the risk of developing other health conditions. Family members need to try to find ways to offer support without being confrontational. This could save a life.

Policy makers and other responsible bodies need to seek better and more effective mental health education so that Zimbabweans, especially men, can easily seek help and know that there is no shame in using health services.

It is important to break the traditional mindset of men about depression and suicide by breaking the stigma that surrounds these issues.

Another way to remove mental health stigma is to treat our mental health institutions differently.
Sometimes the families are to blame.

Once someone has mental health problems, they are dumped and left in facilities like Ingutsheni Central Hospital without anyone bothering to visit them and hold their hand in their recovery process.

The more we view our mental health centers as places of hope and refuge, rather than places to leave social outcasts, we could change the societal perception of mental health. One might consider seeking help and not killing oneself.

Nobody is immune to mental episodes or depression. We must all be willing to offer a helping hand to one of us in need, as we may need the same help tomorrow.

There should be no shame in using mental health services and seeking help when one is depressed. Suicide and violence are not a solution, as such acts only transfer pain to loved ones. – @andile_tshuma

Continue Reading

Men’s Health

Meet The Competitors at the 2021 Giants Live World Tour Finals



This weekend some of the strongest men in the world will compete in the Giants Live World Tour Finals 2021. After the success of the 2021 World’s Strongest Man Competition in Sacramento, CA, which crowned the new Strongman King Tom Stoltman, the contestants will again fight body and soul for their chance to dominate the stage and face Eddie Hall, Martins Licis , Brian Shaw and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson in the Strongman Hall of Fame.

So who should you watch out for at the 2021 Giants Live World Tour Finals? Read on to find out:

Giants Live World Tour finalists 2021

  • Gavin Bilton
  • Adam Bishop
  • Luke Stoltman
  • Tom Stoltman
  • Maxime Boudreault
  • Andy Black
  • Markus Felix
  • Gabriel Pena
  • Evan Singleton
  • Kevin Faires

    2021 Giants Live World Tour events

    Nicol stones

    • Farmers carry for the distance
    • One stone weighs 114 kg (251 lbs) and another 138 kg (304 lbs)
    • Current record: 19.5 m, Luke Stoltman (Great Britain)

      Trunk lift for employees

      • 150kg (330.7-pound) log
      • “One of the unique challenges of the block press is that, unlike a barbell, the logs are often slightly unbalanced due to the natural growth of the log and balancing is critical,” the event information describes.

        Axial deadlifts for reps

        • “What makes this particular lift so difficult is the sheer diameter of the bar it lifts. Coupled with a bar that doesn’t bend, this really is an extreme test of strength and endurance,” the event information describes.

          Car hike

          • “The Car Walk is a test of balance, flexibility and of course strength,” says a Giants live description of the Car Walk. “The athletes have to pick up a 1000 pound VW Beetle with the frame resting on their shoulders and carry it over the entire distance. The races are usually driven by two people, with the fastest time to complete the route determining the winner. “
          • “Athletes need to combine tremendous leg strength to get the car off the ground, insane upper body strength to stabilize the car with their arms to avoid hitting the tires on the ground, and colossal amounts of core strength, Balance and control to keep your body stable when walking with the equivalent of 5 full grown men on your shoulders. “

            Atlas stones

            • “If there is one event that has always defined the sport of strongman, it is the Atlas Stones,” says the event description.
            • “The goal is simple: lift your 5 stones onto the platform faster than your competitor. Each stone is heavier than the last, usually between 120 kg and 200 kg. Lifting 200kg may not be anything for most of our athletes, but after lifting a combined weight of 600kg just seconds before, that last stone becomes the heaviest object in the universe. “

              Ed Cooper is Assistant Digital Editor at Men’s Health UK, writing and editing on anything you want to know – from tech to fitness, mental health to style, food and more.

              This content is created and maintained by a third party and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may find more information on this and similar content at

Continue Reading