4th November, 2021
We are taking part in Movember 2021! At a recent carer forum our CEO, Peter was asked if we could do more to help to raise awareness of men’s mental health and wellbeing. Well, we can!
Men can often find it hard to reach out for support when they need it, so we’re joining Movember this year to help to make a difference by raising awareness and funds.
Leading men’s health charity, Movember focuses on mental health and suicide prevention, testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
Our team of Mo Bros and Mo Sisters are all set to raise funds and awareness for Movember. We have team members growing moustaches, some running/walking 60km over the month of November and we even have someone who has chosen to mo their own way and will be completing 60 squats a day! 60 is a pertinent figure for Movember, as we lose a man every minute of every day to suicide. That’s 60 men every single hour.
As well as raising awareness and helping with the important conversations, Movember fund a number of amazing projects worldwide in their aim to reduce the number of men lost to suicide by 25% by 2030. You can find the projects that they fund in the UK here.
We’ve put together some useful information and links to support the prevention of suicide in men.
Movember research reveals that stronger social connections for men can help to reduce the risk of suicide. This means helping more men to talk about things that really matter. These types conversations don’t always come easy, but here is a great tool from Movember in starting meaningful conversations and then keeping them going.
It’s not always that obvious that someone is struggling. We all get good at replying with “I’m fine” when someone asks how you are. Here is some help from Movember to help spot some more subtle signs that a man isn’t feeling quite themselves and may benefit from having someone to talk to.
A man who is feeling suicidal might:
If you think that someone's life is in immediate danger, call 999. There are links and information about support organisations for people in crisis here.
By opening meaningful conversations and really listening, you may be able to help someone more than you know.
Here are Movember’s four steps in helping someone who is struggling, to start talking (ALEC).
“You’ve been a bit quiet lately. Are you okay?”
If someone says they are fine, but you still get the feel that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to ask again. The first response might have been on automatic mode.
Actively listening, without trying to find solutions or interrupting can be a lifeline for someone who is going through a tough time. Asking more questions rather than sharing your own experiences can really help someone to talk more.
“I had no idea you were going through that. When did this start?”
Take a look at the SHUSH active listening technique from the Samaritans.
Is there anything that he can do that might help improve his wellbeing generally? Encourage him to think about things like eating properly, exercising and routines to help with a good night’s sleep. Is there someone else he trusts to talk to as well as you?
If it’s clear he’s been feeling low for a while, encourage him to speak with his doctor.
Arrange another meet up or a call where you can get a feel for if he’s feeling better and will also show him that you care.
Here are five steps we can all take to help improve our mental health and wellbeing.
Remember that often, taking that first step to action is the hardest.
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