The message behind the moustache
Movember isn’t just growing an awesome moustache, running 60k or sharing social media posts (often without really reading or understanding what it is you are sharing… we know, we have done it!) It is about raising awareness and ensuring each activity or action we take surrounding the cause has a purpose.
The Movember campaign originated to help raise awareness and fund research, into some of the silent issues that commonly affect men. These include:
- Mental health
- Suicide prevention
- Testicular cancer
- Prostate cancer
A staggering 60% of people are referred to Occupational Health by their employers for Mental Health issues, of these cases, close to a quarter of employers reported that employees have told them that they have had suicidal thoughts.
Globally, every minute, a man dies by suicide. With men accounting for 75% of suicide cases in the UK alone, it is time to tackle the taboo surrounding male mental health.
So, what can we do?
Talk – Ask – Listen – Encourage Action – Check in.
Movember gives men a platform to be okay with not being okay. With every campaign and hashtag, be it; #Manofmorewords, #MatesinMind Or #AlrightMate, the end message needs to be that in 2018 there is going to be a demonstrable change in perceptions towards male mental health with increased awareness that men reaching out for support is not unusual or out of the ordinary.
Move this Movember, by running or walking 60 kilometres over the month highlights that 60 kilometres represents the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour, so pledging to complete the distance is a great way to demonstrate your support in reducing male suicides.
The crazy Moustache honors the men who lost their lives to suicide and male cancers, and those still on their journey. Sporting some facial fuzz raises awareness and encourages donations which go towards the provision of services and help for those who need it.