The Issue with Men’s Health
There is an unspoken understanding between so many men throughout the world. This understanding may vary at the forefront but at its core it’s the same; health and self-care, both mentally and physically, do not come first.
Although our approach to men’s health nationally and globally has improved throughout the years, there is still unnecessary secrecy and shame surrounding it. In particular mental health. And unfortunately, because men do not receive the help or treatment they need as often as women do, suicide rates for men are higher. According to Beyond Blue, men make up an average of six out of every eight suicides in Australia, every single day. The number of deaths by suicide in Australian men is nearly double the national road toll. But it’s not just our approach to mental health that we need to address.
There is a lack of awareness around getting regular check-ups and knowing the symptoms of common men’s health issues including prostate cancer and testicular cancer. It’s estimated that in 2020 alone over 16,500 men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and almost 1,000 with testicular cancer. These health issues and others are simply not talked about enough and too many men are dying because of it. In fact, on average men die 6 years earlier than women.
Fortunately, instead of continuing to say, “she’ll be ‘right”, “I’ll deal with it later” and “that won’t happen to me”, we are making positive changes as a nation and internationally. We’ve just hit the well-known event ‘Movember’ – an international event run by the charity of the same name. During Movember, men band together and avoid shaving their moustache for the whole month in order to raise funds and start the important conversations.
Movember is currently the leading charity in spreading awareness and raising funds for men’s health. Their main focus is Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer. By 2030 the goal is to have reduced the number of men dying prematurely by a whole 25%. The best part? It’s definitely achievable! We all just have to work together to cancel out the silence and shame around men’s health that has been carried down through the generations.
Movember raises funds through donations and uses it to impact men’s health on both a local and global scale. They invest in many health projects, working on solutions for addressing the crisis of men’s health. They have rolled out Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programs for men struggling with their mental health, funded a study using telehealth to focus on unmet needs for men who live with prostate cancer, invested in Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service, and much more.
You can read about their story, from humble Australian beginnings to over millions of moustaches HERE. You can also get involved and donate through the Movember website, learn more about what they do, and follow their Facebook page @Movember Australia for updates.
It’s time to go and grow the mo!
Play Monopoly with a twist – a hairy one that is! Movember have teamed up with Mr Monopoly to create a special, limited edition of the classic board game. You can get your own copy to play with friends or family from Big W only, for $49.00. $5.00 from every game sold will be donated to Movember.