It’s the first of November, which can mean only one thing: it’s time to grow a moustache. That’s right; it’s the return of Movember. Now in its fifteenth year, Movember has inspired a global movement of more than 5 million men and women – fondly known as Mo Bros and Mo Sistas – to start conversations about men’s health and stop men from dying too young. Now arguably the world’s leading Men’s Health charity, The Movember Foundation encourages participants to grow and wear a moustache with pride, using their facial hair to educate and inform the wider community about men’s health issues.
Worryingly, the state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.
• Men die 3.5 years younger than women in the UK
• Each year, more than 4,300 men die by suicide in the UK
• In the UK, 3 out of 4 deaths by suicide are men
• In England and Wales, suicide is the leading cause of death among 15–49 year old men
• Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the UK
• One man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK
• Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men in the UK
• Almost 35,000 men are estimated to be living with or beyond a testicular cancer diagnosis in the UK
With one simple mission: to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health, Movember has grown into a global phenomenon. Since its conception in 2003, The Movember Foundation has raised more than £440 million and funded more than 1200 men’s health projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Their aim by 2030 is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
So what can you do get involved?
There are several ways that you can lend your support to Movember. It doesn’t matter how you do it, the important thing is we stop men from dying too young. So what are you waiting for?
Grow a Moustache
For 30 days, champion the Mo and raise funds for men’s health. It’s simple: choose to grow a moustache, and start growing it. Sign up here.
Move for Movember
Challenge yourself to get physically active and raise funds for men’s health. Run or walk 60 kilometres over the month. That’s 60 kilometres for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour. Sign up here.
Host a Mo-ment
Get together for a Movember event. Cook dinner for a group of friends. Throw a party. Your only limit is your imagination! Sign up here.
You can donate directly to The Movember Foundation, or head on over to one of the millions of donation pages, like mine, here.