Movember

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The Movember Foundation is a global men’s health charity and its vision is to change the face of men’s health. It has raised over £440m across 21 countries since 2003 and funded over 1000 innovative research and support programmes that are helping men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Movember is now expanding its own programmes to deliver activity in key areas including mental health and suicide prevention, testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

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Organisation Details

Address 51a Rosebery Ave
Clerkenwell
London
EC1R 4RP

Website www.movember.com
Twitter @MovemberUK
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MovemberUK/

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. We seek to make a global contribution to men living happier, healthier and longer lives.

Our overall programme vision for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is to create a world where men take action to be mentally healthy and well, and are supported by their friends, family and community during tough times. It is this guiding principle that directs our investments.
We will achieve this by scaling evidenced informed, gender focused, mental health interventions and programmes to increase our impact in improving the mental health and wellbeing of men across the world by providing them with resources that enable them to take action to be, and stay, mentally well.

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What are your current priorities?

We aim to have:

  • Tested, developed and scaled new products with men to make sure that they work.
  • Developed specific targets around behaviour change as a result of the products implemented in key markets.
  • Achieved a step-change in men’s attitudes resulting in an increased proportion of men taking action early.
  • Expanded the evidence base on the benefits of health promotion, prevention and early intervention, and developed a suite of exemplars illustrating how our approaches are supporting community engagement and men’s health.
  • Supported the development and evaluation of at least 3 new resources, of which all are available widely and freely to as many men as possible.
  • We will Go to Where Men Are, focussing on at-risk communities and target groups who are under-served (Fathers, Young Men and Indigenous Communities) in the United Kingdom, US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. We will reach them where they are, through digital interventions and workplaces focussed on male-dominated industries.
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What challenges are you currently facing?

There is an urgent crisis that Movember is seeking to address:
Men die 6 years earlier than women.
3 in 4 suicides are men.
510,000 men die from suicide globally each year.

Widespread lack of awareness, understanding, and stigma only create more silence around men’s health issues.

The Movember Foundation is committed to making it ‘the norm’ for men to talk about their health. We want men to step forward, and understand that taking action for and talking about their health isn’t a sign of weakness - there are plenty of different perceptions of “manliness” that aren’t contingent upon the stereotypical ‘strong and stoic’ man.

But, evidence has shown nothing is that simple, and the problem is cultural and behavioural:

Men are reluctant to discuss their health or how they feel about the impact of significant life events.
Men are reluctant to take action when they don’t feel physically or mentally well.
Men engage in risky activities that are harmful to their health.
These behaviours are strongly linked to adherence to some harmful aspects of traditional masculinity. Men often feel pressure to appear strong and stoic, and talking about feeling mentally or physically unwell can be perceived as weakness.

Widespread lack of awareness, understanding, and stigma only create more silence around men’s health issues.

The Movember Foundation is committed to making it ‘the norm’ for men to talk about their health. We want men to step forward, and understand that taking action for and talking about their health isn’t a sign of weakness - there are plenty of different perceptions of “manliness” that aren’t contingent upon the stereotypical ‘strong and stoic’ man.

 

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