What is Movember?
Originating in Australia in 2003, Movember has become a huge fundraising initiative for men’s health. Movember aims to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Each November men grow moustaches to raise awareness and raise money, called “Movember”. Last year Movember raised £57.6 million worldwide, £10 million of which was raised within the UK. Movember’s aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by the year 2030.
70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our mates, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.
A recent survey by Gillette revealed that 75% of men put off going to the doctors when they are showing signs of illness, with 38% saying it’s because they don’t feel it is important, and 25% saying they don’t have enough time.
To encourage men to take action and enable them to live healthier, happier and longer lives, Movember UK has pulled together a ‘top 5 list’ of things to support men’s health.
The Rules of Movember
- Start off clean shaven – the idea is to start with a totally clean shaven face, and then you have 30 days to grow whatever type of moustache you choose.
- Let it grow – you must grow your moustache for the whole 30 days of November.
- No beards – beards do not count towards Movember, including sideburns.
- Fundraise – make your own fundraising page and ask friends, family and colleagues to donate to the Movember Foundation.
- Take and share photos – show off your moustache and help raise awareness of the cause.
What can organisations do to support Movember and men’s health?
Organisations can get involved by hosting their own Movember fundraising event and encouraging employees to take part. Equally if the company isn’t hosting its own events, organisations can support employees who are taking part through raising awareness and donations.
In addition, organisations can take proactive steps and implement initiatives which will encourage and support all employees’ health and wellbeing;
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – provides employees with a confidential telephone support line where they can talk to someone impartial about a number of issues, including work or family issues, financial concerns, relationship problems, and even drug or legal concerns.
- Occupational health check – provide individual health assessments for employees which can empower them to make lifestyle changes to support their overall wellbeing.
- Return to work interviews – allows an organisation to support an employee returning to work following a period of illness, and ensure they are fit to return to work.
- Health care provider – if you have private scheme for employees, then your provider should be able to supply information on health topics, and arrange a visit to discuss the benefits of the private health scheme and how employees can get the most benefit from it.
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