Since the start of the Movember initiative 13 years ago to help raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, the campaign has now grown to build awareness of the many issues surrounding men’s health in a bid to help more men talk about their issues and take action. With an added focus on mental health and suicide prevention, these are issues that just aren’t talked about enough with symptoms often being ignored due to embarrassment or the mentality that it will simply go away. As we come to the end of this year’s campaign, we’re showcasing the three key ways Movember continues to help men across the globe.
Check: Some men aren’t aware or simply forget to check themselves out to identify any changes in their physical health. Catching signs early on means a better chance of curable treatment meaning a proactive approach is absolutely essential. This year, the popular HECK sausages brand has changed their name to ‘CHECK’ for a limited time to help start conversations and inspire men to check themselves out and seek medical attention if necessary. The company aim to raise £25,000 to address the current crises in men’s health. Click here to read more about the company’s personal connection to the cause.
Speak up. Mo competitions and special events are just some of the ways the Movember Foundation is encouraging men to speak up about their issues, both physical and mental. Of course talking to your doctor is important to get the all important healthcare you need but openly speaking to friends and family about your concerns creates an invaluable support network for what your facing.
Breaking the stigma: When 3 out of 4 suicides are men, we can’t stay silent on the issue of men’s mental health. Many still believe depression is something you can snap yourself out of, with phrases such as ‘man-up’ coming to mind, but that is just not true. Movember Foundation uses their global reach to find innovative approaches to this complex issue, encouraging men to talk, seek help and take action. Now their stepping up with a big goal: by 2030, the foundation want to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25%. They can’t do it without you.
To find out more about the Movember Foundation and their work click here, and don’t forget to check, speak up and break the stigma.