November is National Men’s Health Awareness Month
Whether you grow a moustache for Movember, take on the 60km walk or run challenge, or set your own goal, there are plenty of ways you can get involved in Men’s Health Awareness throughout November. Movember are a charity that raise money to fund research and projects for leading health issues faced by men: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Movember have made it their mission to encourage men to talk about the topics that really matter. On average 13 men each day taking their life by suicide in the UK. Movember highlight that crisis point can be prevented by digging a little deeper in conversation. Encouraging men to talk about meaningful topics that impact on their everyday life, establishing better social connections, will help to improve overall wellbeing, and reduce the risk of suicide.
Movember Events & Activities
To find local fundraising and awareness events taking place in you area this Movember be sure to visit the Movember Find An Event Webpage
It can be difficult to have a conversation with someone that you feel may be struggling. You might feel worried about how to start a conversation or what to say, which is completely normal. Just listening to someone and giving them some time can make a huge difference, you do not need to be an expert.
Movember conversations is a great new tool that gives you an opportunity to try practice scenarios to have a conversation, offering tips which will give you the confidence to start the conversation. You can also learn about the four simple steps that ALEC can support you with, when navigating a conversation with someone. Ask Listen Encourage Action Check In
With 1 in 8 men in the UK being diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK. Early detection of prostate cancer is important to increase survival rate. Some men experience changes in urinary or sexual function. However not all men will experience symptoms, with the first sign being detected during a routine check-up by a doctor. For men that are 50 years old, you should visit your doctor to discuss having a PSA test (a simple blood test). However, if you are black or if you have a father or brother with a history of prostate cancer, then you need to get the test carried out at the age of 45. Prostate cancer facts
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49. However, the recovery rate is excellent if diagnosed and treated early, with a survival rate of 95%. It is easy to check to feel for what is normal for you, and for any changes, yet 62% of those most at risk do not know how to do this.
Watch this Movember 30 second video ‘How to Guide’ which takes you through the simple steps on how to check your testicles.
How you can get involved
There are various ways you can get involved and help raised funds this Movember!
- Grow a Moustache check out the style tips guide to wear your 'mo' with pride
- Move for Movember commit to walking or running 60kms over the month
- Host a Mo-ment gather a crew and have a good time by hosting something fun and easy, it could be in person or virtually
- Mo Your Own Way by creating your own adventure!