On average, men die 6 years earlier than women, and largely from preventable illnesses. Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicide and mental health take the lives of too many men, too soon.
Throughout the month of November, Movember challenges men to grow a moustache to raise money and awareness for men's health.
"We know men aren’t great at asking for, or seeking help at the best of times, so we need to do as much as we can to buffer some of the problems they’re facing, now."
COVID-19 has hit men's mental health hard and job losses, relationship stresses and social isolation are taking a toll. Research conducted by Movember indicates that the effects of the pandemic is concerning, and is still far from over.
Movember’s Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Brendan Maher said, “Not surprisingly, our research confirmed that the impact of COVID-19 has hit men pretty hard, in Australia and globally. The statistics show us men are anxious and uncertain about the future."
Movember's 2020 initiatives include:
digital mental health tools including Movember Conversations, a free online conversation simulator aimed to kick start conversations with the men who might be struggling
the Social Innovators Challenge, designed to fund projects aimed at creating social connectedness and mental wellbeing in men
the Social Connections Challenge to engage with innovative, crowd sourced digital or technology ideas, to better connect men amid isolation
mental health grants for Veterans and First Responders initiatives.
You don't need to be able to sprout facial hair to get involved. As the Mo Bros start the month clean-shaven and trim, groom and wax their way through the next 30 days, the women in their lives can get involved too. Mo Sistas can sign up to start a team, commit to MOVE and help run fundraising activities.
The Movember movement started in 2003, when two mates from Melbourne were out for a beer and a chat. They talked about recurring fashion trends and how the moustache, once a fixture in past decades, had disappeared from recent trends. Their joke about bringing back the mo turned into a global movement that inspires more than 4 million people worldwide to talk about men’s health. The money raised goes on to fund ground-breaking health projects across mental health and suicide prevention, prostrate cancer and testicular cancer.
This year has been extremely challenging and now, more than ever, charities like Movember need support. Hoyle Da Silva are proud sponsors of the Movember movement and their aim to deliver innovative research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Questions? Contact Mark Da Silva, Principal Lawyer