It’s the month of the Moustache again, when thousands of guys shave around the world join Movember to bring the attention on Men's Health Issues.
I’ve came across Movember in 2010 while 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 a no shave November where they shave their beard and grow a moustache to show their support to the cause.
This way, every year, it brings tens of millions of dollars in donation 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
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, have no fear and that we should never show weaknesses.
That’s why a lot of men feel like it’s impossible to talk about their problems, their doubt, their health issues and keep everything for themselves
That's where Movember come in.
Every year during the month of November, they're holding events in every parts of the world to raise awareness on every issues men could be facing, for prostate and testicular cancer to mental illness.
Because let's face it, this lack of discussion is what cost the life of thousands of men every year. This has to change.
We need to show to those in difficulty that they’re not alone and in a time when we're trying to be perfect on social media, show people our flaws and 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 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 and effective.
It's free, funny, a bit silly, and it catch people's attention.
When you walk into a bar in November and every guys have a moustache, you got to ask why.
And that's where the magic happen, it helps to start a dialogue.
Even if you can't donate and can't join the events, like me, by growing a moustache you take part in a global movement that have the potential to change lifes.
Testicule and Prostate Cancer (and more…)
While Movember is mostly associated with Prostate Cancer as it’s the one of the few association to raise awareness on the subject, it covers all Men’s Health Issues.
The only few things that I know about this 2 cancers I've learn them through Movember.
And while I've got no story to share on that because nobody around me have 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 fare share of struggle myself.
Not only I’ve been fighting depression at few stages in my life, but I’ve started experiencing Anxiety and Panic Attacks last year.
I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by great people and I have the chance to be able to talk openly about it and that helped me through.
I’ve also done a lot of work on myself to find the origin of it, deep inside my head, 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'm gonna share 4 stories in this coming weeks about my experience with Mental Illness, Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
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 something to go through it, you need to take a step forward and start talking about it.
It’s not a shame, it happens to a lot of people (not to say to most) and it doesn’t define who you are or show that you’re weak.
How to Support Movember ?
Here’s a few ways you can support the cause
- Follow them on socials and/or share their content with someone that is facing struggles
- 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 all the details on https://www.movember.com/
Did you know about Movember? Did you ever participate in it? Are you facing issues?
Let me know in the comment or engage with me on twitter @themojomatt