Join the Movember Movement
Movember, the month formerly known as ‘November’, launches its 2015 campaign encouraging men and women to sign up and grow a mo or commit to MOVE to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.
Even though the Movember movement will always be all about the moustache, there is now more than one way to support men’s health this month. MOVE is a new initiative encouraging us to get physically active - 30 MOVEs in 30 days. Whether it’s a workout one day, walking 30 minutes to work the next, a game of ping pong or an epic bike ride, no MOVE is too big or small.
Moving on a regular basis can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50 per cent. It’s also one of the best ways to stay mentally healthy and one of the best treatments for mild to moderate depression.
When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk, don’t take action and die too young. The Movember movement wants to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives and invests in four key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
Dr Marc Rowland, a local GP and Chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know men find it harder than women when it comes to talking about their physical or mental health issues, or seeking medical advice when they have concerns about their health.
“Movember is an important reminder that men shouldn’t ignore their health, and that by living a healthy lifestyle, along with regular self-examination and seeking help early if they have concerns, is key to staying well.”
The Movember Foundation spans the globe across 21 countries. To date more than £400 million has been raised globally and over 1000 men’s health projects have been funded.
Men and women can sign up at www.movember.com to grow, give or MOVE for the 30 days of Movember.
Additional support and information is available through:
NHS Mental Health Services - provides information on services available for anyone concerned with mental health problems.
Mind - provides information and support to make sure no has to face a mental health problem alone.
Samaritans - provides a 24-hour confidential service to discuss any difficult issues and find a way through the problems.
Calm - seeks to prevent male suicide offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via the Calm helpline and website.
Papyrus - aims to reduce stigma associated with suicide and increase awareness of young suicide through telephone, SMS and email advice services.
For more information about local services see the Your Health section of this website.