It’s the month of the Moustache again when thousands of guys around the world shave and start to grow a moustache to support Movember and bring attention to Men’s Health Issues.
I’ve come across Movember in 2010 when I was in Australia and was astonished by the number of guys with a moustache for the occasion, even though it made them look somewhat… well…
What was started by a group of friends in Australia in 2003 has now become a global phenomenon?
Movember is engaging guys in “no shave November” where they shave their beard and grow a moustache to show their support to the cause.
This way, every year, they collect tens of millions of dollars in donations from all around the world to raise awareness on men’s health issues and the research on prostate and testicular cancer.
Raise Awareness on Men’s Health Issues
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.
As guys, we all know how strong peer pressure is and how we’re being taught by society to be strong, tough, to have no fear and that we should never show our weaknesses.
That’s why a lot of men feel like it’s impossible to talk about their problems, their doubts, their health issues and keep everything for themselves
That’s where Movember comes in
Every year during the month of November, they’re holding events in every part of the world to raise awareness on the most common issues men are facing, from prostate and testicular cancer to mental illness.
Because let’s face it, this lack of discussion is what cost the lives of thousands of men every year. This has to change.
We need to show people who face difficult times that they’re not alone and in a time when we all pretend to be perfect on social media, it’s time to also show our flaws and to share the challenges we face.
There’s nothing that we can’t overcome together
I know it sounds corny and a lot of guys’ first reaction will be to fight it. Because they’re tough, they’re man enough to handle it and they can go through it alone.
But in reality, it doesn’t work like that and a lot of people have failed to acknowledge their demons and it just made their issues even bigger.
Mac Miller dying of an overdose in August 2018, Chester Bennington from Linking Park taking his life in 2017, and the list of famous people and anonymous go on and on….
Nobody got it all figured it out. We need to open the conversation.
No Shave November
No Shave November is definitely what made Movember so popular.
It’s free, funny, a bit silly, and it catches people’s attention.
When you walk into a bar in November and every guy has a moustache, you got to ask why.
And that’s where the magic happens, it helps to start the dialogue.
Even if you can’t donate and can’t join the events, you can still grow a moustache and take part in a global movement that has the potential to change lives.
Testicular and Prostate Cancer (and more…)
While Movember is mostly associated with Prostate Cancer as it’s one of the few associations to raise awareness on the subject, it covers all kinds of Men’s Health Issues.
The only few things that I know about these 2 cancers I’ve learn them through Movember.
And while I’ve got no story to share on that because nobody around me has been touched by it, I want to contribute by sharing stories on mental illness and the demons we all face.
Why we should talk about Mental Illness ?
I’ve seen a lot of mental illness in my entourage and I’ve had my fair share of struggles too.
Not only I’ve been fighting depression a few times in my life, but I’ve also started experiencing Anxiety and Panic Attacks in 2017.
I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by great people and I have the chance to be able to talk openly about it. That’s mainly what helped me get through it.
I’ve also done a lot of work on myself to find the origin of it, went deep inside my mind, where it hurts, and with focus and time I’ve found solutions without medication.
That’s why this month, I’m gonna talk about my experience with mental illness in detail and how I manage it and how eventually I plan to overcome it.
I also want to encourage people who stop by and read this to open the discussion with people around them.
Whether they’re encountering this kind of struggle or suspect someone to go through a rough time, you need to take a step forward and open the conversation about it.
It’s not a shame, it happens to a lot of people (probably most) and it doesn’t define who you are or show that you’re weak.
How to Support Movember ?
Here are a few ways you can support the cause
- Follow them on social media and share their content
- Open the conversation with people around you
- Take part to No Shave November and grow a moustache
- Participate in Events, check their website for the list of events around you
- Donate, to support the cause and research
Find more details on www.movember.com
Did you know about Movember? Did you ever participate in Movember? Did you have the chance to help someone around you?
Let me know in the comments.