It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year.. Movember! For those of you that have never heard of Movember, this initiative encourages men to sport a moustache for the month of November and raise funds to support men’s health, specifically for prostate cancer and mental health.
Now, normally I don’t mind when guys have a bit of facial hair, but when Movember comes around I have to admit… sometimes people have a tendency to look downright creepy. Sorry fellas, but not everyone suits a ‘stache.
That being said, Movember is still a great cause and I especially appreciate the fact that it seeks to raise awareness about men’s mental health. For those of you that read my blog regularly, you will know that mental health is something I feel very passionately about. In fact, one of the first blog posts I ever did discussed Bell’s ‘Let’s Talk’ mental health initiative.
If you’re curious to know why we should be raising more awareness about mental health, here are a few statistics that might help shed some light on the topic (source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health):
- 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime
- 10% of Canadian men experience mental health symptoms
- Men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide
- Mental illness is estimated to cost the Canadian economy more than $51 billion
- Only one-third of those who need mental health services in Canada actually receive them
This last statistic is particularly troubling. Stigma can be a significant reason why people fail to seek help. This is why raising awareness about mental health is so important – the stigma can only be reduced once people start to gain a greater understanding of mental health issues.
So, although I’m not a dude, I can still support my “Mo Bros” and take a stand against stigma by sporting my own ‘stache. I hope others will do the same! :)
Be Well xo