Movember is here again, and for men it has an added importance this year. Movember has historically been primarily important in raising awareness of cancers, but for the first time this year it is being encouraged that men should also speak up about mental health, and the importance of talking.
The month of fundraising started with a basic question, wondering simply why men no longer grow mustaches. In a bid to bring the top lip hair back, the original founder managed to get 30 guys to spend the whole month growing their facial hair to see who had the best mustache. There was no fundraising, no charity, it was just for fun.
The following year, the same organizers managed to get 400 men on board, but this time attempting to raise money for research into prostate cancer, eventually raising $54.000.
Movember continued to grow as the following year saw 9,000 men taking part and $1.2 million raised. 15 years since the initial joke, the Movember Foundation has become a global phenomenon, with more than five million participants across 20 countries.
Altogether over $750 million has been raised so far to fight the biggest issues to men’s health, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Globally, more than 1.4 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, the research is key in cutting out the risks of the cancer and also dealing with the physical and mental well-being of the people that are involved. Mental health is a bigger deal that ever before, men of all ages are dying earlier. Globally, a man dies every minute as a cause of suicide. In 2013, the Movember Foundation began funding for mental health programmes in the United States and cancer.
It is more than just fundraising, there is a message that everyone, whether men or women should look after each and even simpler, just ask if you’re okay. It is a vitally important charity, with an equally as important message.
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