What Moustaches mean for World Mental Health Day
Globally, on average, one man dies by suicide every minute of the day. That’s over 500,000 men every year that die by suicide, making it the leading cause of death for men between the ages of 15-29. These are shocking statistics and if we don’t give them the attention that they demand, they are only going to get worse.
Anyone can struggle with their Mental Health. There doesn’t have to a be a particular reason or trigger for it. Sometimes you just feel a bit rubbish and a bit down. And that’s OK. In fact, it’s OK not to be OK. You shouldn’t feel guilty or embarrassed about the fact that you’re having a tough time, everyone goes through those periods. The fact of the matter is that Mental Health issues are far more common than people realise, the important thing to remember is that you’re not on your own. It will get better and there will always be someone to talk to.
A great way to look after yourself and your Mental Health is to be active, and by staying healthy. This doesn’t mean that you have to go all out and start doing Ironman competitions every week. If you’ve got a spare hour, even just 30 minutes, go for a walk or light jog or maybe just some yoga; any physical activity that will get you moving. Multiple studies have demonstrated a positive relationship between physical activity and positive Mental Wellbeing.
Movember is the world’s leading charity changing the face of men’s health, and one of their three key areas is Mental Health and suicide prevention. Since 2003, Movember have been challenging the status quo and transforming the way health services reach and support men. To date, they have funded over 1,250 projects around the world, including the ManVan. For the past two years, this project has sent an American style motorhome to Rugby League matches around England, aiming to raise awareness of key health issues while creating conversations.
Movember is a charity that I am really passionate about, and for the last year or so, I have been fortunate enough to be an ambassador for them, this included leading the campaign at Durham University during my final year. Amongst other things, I ended up shaving my head and hosting several events across Durham. Across the month, we raised just under £11,000 as part of a wider UK university campaign which saw over £500,000 being raised.
I’m proud to say that it wont stop there, Movember has come to TIPi Group, so keep an eye on our socials for moustaches and more in the coming months.
If you think someone you know is struggling with their mental health, don’t be afraid to talk to them and follow ALEC.
- A.SK – Ask how they are doing.
- L.ISTEN – Listen to what they have to say.
- E.NCOURAGE ACTION – Explore the options they might have.
- C.HECK IN – Keep in touch with where they are at.
If you have any questions about Movember and the work they do, please don’t hesitate to ask! If you’d like to sign up, go to https://uk.movember.com/
If you’re struggling yourself, here are some confidential helplines/websites that could help:
- CALM – https://www.thecalmzone.net/
- Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/
- NHS Mental Health Services – https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/how-to-access-mental-health-services/
- Papyrus – https://papyrus-uk.org/
- Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/
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