Movember Takes on Men’s Mental Health

Kim on November 08, 2012

Many of you may be familiar with “Movember” – a month-long campaign which takes place every November, where men from Canada and around the world grow moustaches (or “Mo’s”) to raise money and awareness for various men’s health issues. In the past, Movember has focused specifically on prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives, but we are very excited to announce that this year, they will also be targeting the issue of men’s mental health!

Like other men’s health issues which can sometimes be hard to talk about, mental health presents a similar challenge. This year, throughout the month of Movember, the “power of the moustache” will be used to reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues, increase awareness, improve help-seeking and treatment, and expand the understanding of this cause.

The History of Movember

The Movember concept first originated in Australia in 2004, but has since become a global movement which includes formal campaigns taking place in countries all around the world. According to the Movember website, last year over 854,000 “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” participated in the campaign, raising more than $125 million dollars!

The Rules

The rules of Movember are simple – men wishing to participate must start off with a clean-shaven face on November 1, and spend the rest of the month growing and grooming their moustaches as a way to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Men wishing to formally participate in the movement can register on the Movember website, and can send friends and family members to their page to learn about the movement, watch their Mo progress, and support their Mo Bros by donating to the cause.

What We’re Doing

The Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre will be running a Movember-related contest all month to start the conversation around men's mental health. Here are the details of the contest:

  • Everyone is welcome to post photos of themselves on the mindcheck.ca facebook wall as they grow their moustaches from November 1 to November 30th. Girls, be creative! We want to see your awesome Mo's.
  • Everyone that submits a photo will have the chance to win DWD HEADPHONES!
  • And at the end of the month, there will be a random draw and the lucky winner will receive an OFFICIAL LIMITED EDITION mindcheck.ca t-shirt.

To learn more about the contest, or to upload your “Mo” photo, visit the mindcheck.ca facebook page. We encourage everyone to participate, to share this campaign with family and friends, and most importantly to show your support for men’s mental health!

Photo courtesy of dionc via Flickr.

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