Movember Brings Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

Movember, a combination of the word moustache “mo” and “November,” is an annual event that involves growing moustaches during the month of November. The focus is on raising awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health and suicide prevention.

On average, men die six years earlier than women do, often for reasons that are preventable. Men also account for 75% of all suicides worldwide.

So, what can men do to live happier and healthier lives? According to the Movember Foundation, these are the top five things men should do.

  1. Spend time with friends and family: Being around people who make you feel happy is good for your mental health.
  2. Talk more: Supporting one another by listening and being there can make a big difference. Connect with someone you suspect is going through a mental health crisis with the ALEC
  3. Know your risk: Is there a history of cancer in your family? If so, talk to your doctor and consider being screened sooner than later.
  4. Give yourself regular checks: Get to know what is normal for your body and check regularly. If you notice something that isn’t right, contact your doctor right away.
  5. Get moving: Add more physical activity to your day. Try simply walking or biking more.

In a culture of masculinity, it can be challenging for men to open up about their feelings or health concerns. Another roadblock is that men’s health issues are not discussed enough. Movember hopes to bring positive change by kicking off the discussion worldwide each November.

Women can help by sharing this information with the men in their lives and encouraging them to be extra hairy during the month of November.

Movember Foundation. Men’s Health. Accessed October 27, 2020

PBS. The culture of masculinity and its negative impacts on men, September 8, 2019. Accessed October 27, 2020