IT’S MOVEMBER: “CHANGING THE FACE OF MEN’S HEALTH”
It’s November which means it’s time to take down your Halloween decorations while munching away on your kid’s Halloween candy and feeling the guilt afterwards when you finally realize just how many mini chocolate bars you can actually eat in one sitting. It’s also the time of year when the sights and sounds of the upcoming holiday season begin to make way and lastly, it’s that time of year for men all around the world to start growing a moustache in honour of men everywhere.
Movember began almost 15 years ago to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Depression/Suicide with only one goal in mind which was and still is to “change the face of men’s health”. As we watch our man’s moustache grow throughout the month of November we are simultaneously making way for conversations to occur which may have otherwise been left unsaid.
By inspiring men to get involved is helping increase the amount of lives being saved every year by reminding them of the importance of early cancer detection, making time for their annual check-ups, getting more active and essentially decreasing the amount of preventable deaths.
From a young age boys are taught how to “be a man”, how to act like a man and I truly believe that society is often the biggest influence on what a “real man” should look like, but I also believe that many traits may be inborn. To act like a “real man” or to become a “real man” many young boys believe that they should never cry, they should never show fear and that they should never feel pain (all of which are sadly learned behaviours). But the truth is those are not actually the real men because a “real man” does cry, a “real man” will breakdown and a “real man” will suffer with mental illness and die by suicide.
This is why Movember is more important than ever because it is giving the “real men” the okay to feel secure enough not to mask or repress their vulnerable emotions underneath their moustache but to instead give them the power and strength to share their struggles and to ask for help when they need it.
Movember is helping to pave the way by slowly decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness especially amongst men who statistically have the highest suicide rate in both age and gender alike. The increase in awareness from campaigns like Movember are allowing men to want to take action to be both mentally and physically healthy by “changing the face of men’s health” one moustache at a time.