Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The foundation raises funds for research and support programs that enable men to live healthier and longer lives. On average men die 5 years earlier than women, with a growing number of men – around 10.8M globally – facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Experts unite around this awareness month to change the way men in need are treated and supported.
Men are less likely to ask for help when it comes to their mental health. One of the dominant factors is the concept of masculinity, which makes it difficult for men to express their emotions and admit there is a problem. The conflict between masculinity and seeking help is heavily highlighted due to societies stigma around men’s masculinity, influencing the message that “men are self-reliant and tough” and “men don’t express emotions” (Cole & Ingram, 2011).
Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. This awareness month aims to open conversation around men’s health, through creating a fun approach to fundraising, with activities held all year round. Millions have joined the movement, raising $911M and funding over 1,250 projects focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
‘Men’s Health Matters’ a Wellity session, helps delegates understand the key mental challenges faced by men. This session covers:
- Understanding the common physical and mental health challenges faced by men
- Learning the psychological reasoning behind emotions and feelings
- Discovering proven methods for managing thoughts
- Identifying ways to be a positive role model and tackle stigmas
To find out how you can better support your team around this significant awareness day. Contact our Wellity team on firstname.lastname@example.org