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All about Movember!

BY: Laura SHESHI, Endcliffe Residence Life Mentor

Hello guys,

I would like to talk you about MOVEMBER!

For those of you who haven’t heard about this before Movember is a foundation with one purpose: Stopping men from dying too young. This foundation has funded 1200 men’s health projects since 2003. The main areas this foundation tackles are:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Mental health and suicide prevention

For the rest of this blog I would like to talk to you guys about the third area; mental health and suicide prevention. Did you know that globally, a man dies by suicide every minute? In the United Kingdom, 75% of suicides are men. These statistics show how serious this problem is and why further research should be done to address this issue and encourage us all to support the men in our lives who may be struggling with their mental health.

For most of men asking for help may be the last option they consider. This may be because of the lack of information about the help available to them or because they do not talk about mental health because it isn’t seen as a ‘manly’ thing to do (there may be other reasons also). The Movember Foundation aims to remove the stigma and has a specific plan which consists of 4 steps:

  1. Develop successful, scalable models to improve the mental health and wellbeing of men
  2. Challenge the negative aspects of masculinity and the impact this can have on mental health
  3. Encourage men to stay connected with friends and family
  4. Bring conversations about mental health out of the health system (e.g. into sporting clubs or workplaces).

It is very important to start talking about these issues, to open discussions and raise awareness! Talking about these issues will encourage lots of men around the globe to express themselves and I believe that this will help them to deal with this in a better way.


So, after giving you all this information, I hope to have raised awareness about the importance of this problem. The statistics clearly show that a lot of men may be living with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. So, let’s talk about it, let’s raise awareness and help every person (not only men) that may be facing an otherwise silent battle with their mental health.

Let accept that these kind of problems exist and they are part of society and let’s do our best to help raise awareness of them!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog!

All the best,

Laura Sh.

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