Movember 2019

According to the Men’s Health Forum, just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men, translating to suicide being the biggest cause of death for men under 35.

 

What is Movember?

Movember is an annual awareness event, held throughout the month of November every year. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

 

The campaign is ran by the Movember Foundation - a charity who encourage men from across the globe to grow a moustache, and women to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men's health.

 

Since the charity’s inception in 2003, the Movember Foundation has raised over £650 million and funded over 1,200 projects in more than 20 countries.

 

Preventing suicide in men

By 2030, the Movember Foundation aim to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25%. To achieve this, they have created a four step plan for approaching tough conversations regarding men’s mental health.

 

  1. Ask the question: Ask him about how he has been feeling lately and if he wants to talk. Don’t be put off if he tries to avoid your questions or brush them off.
  2. Listen to what he says: Listen and let him know you hear what he’s saying.
  3. Encourage action: You could ask him about the things he used to enjoy, or encourage him to consider talking to others around him.
  4. Check back in with him: Keep in touch with where he’s at and make a plan for the future.

 

Improving quality of life:

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. And roughly 2,500 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK and Ireland.

 

Prostate cancer: When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are better than 98%. For those who detect it late, their survival rates drop below 26%.

 

For men who are aged 50 or above, you should arrange an appointment with your GP to discuss a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. This is a simple blood test that measures the PSA concentration in your blood. For black men or men with a family history of cancer, you should have this conversation with your doctor at age 45.

 

Testicular cancer: In most cases, the outcome for men with testicular cancer is positive. However, it’s vital that men educate themselves on the proper method of detecting testicular cancer via self-examination. Click here for more information on testicular self-examination.

 

How can I get involved?

Moustaches in Movember - Help raise awareness for men’s health by growing your moustache for the month of November. You can raise funds by getting yourself sponsored by your friends, family and colleagues.

 

Take the MOVE challenge - MOVE is a 30-day physical fitness challenge organised by the Movember Foundation. It encourages people to commit to incorporate 30 new ‘moves’ into each day for the month of November. You can turn the challenge into a fundraising opportunity by gaining sponsorship from your co-workers.

 

Host a Mo-ment - Host a group fundraising event in your community to gather funds for life changing research to help stop men from dying prematurely. Examples include; arranging a sports match or a ‘shave down’ party - a group shave-off of facial hair at the beginning of November.

 

 

If you would like more information on men’s health, or if you have any other wellbeing concerns, please call our free, 24-hour helpline on:

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