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Older man checking in on younger man's wellbeing.
11 October 2021

10 men's health projects that your donations funded in 2021

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Movember has been changing the face of men’s health for almost two decades. In fact, we've funded more than 1,250 projects globally since we started in 2003. Our mission is to enable men to live happier, healthier, longer lives. We do this by raising much-needed funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Here are 10 men’s health projects made possible, thanks to our amazing Mo community.

Be at the top of your Mental Game

A partnership with Movember and Sportsnet brings together well-known sports stars and experts to share inspiring stories of challenge, failure, heartbreak, hard work, and resilience. The project shares an intimate look at the setbacks and mental challenges experienced by top athletes, and how they worked on their mental fitness and resilience to overcome them. Tell me more.

Funding mental health initiatives for vets and first responders

We’re funding projects around the world that support the mental health and wellbeing of military veterans and first responders – two groups at increased risk of poor mental health and suicide. In Canada, $7.51 million CAD is funding project like the Canadian Mental Health Association's Resilient Minds initiative, which focuses on building strategies for firefighters’ own mental health through peer support. Tell me more.

Social Connections help men cope through isolation

Launched in 2020, Movember’s Social Connections Challenge will identify strategies to strengthen the social connections among men who are socially isolated, particularly in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns. Movember is funding 11 projects around the world, among them initiatives like Hello Jack by Knot Lab, a digital project that allows experienced, skilled older men to connect with younger men who are looking to learn new skills. Tell me more.

More mental health and wellbeing initiatives for motorcyclists

Thanks to funds raised through the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), Movember is supporting the mental health and wellbeing of motorcyclists around the world. The DGR Social Connections Challenge will support programs like Project ‘Team Building’, a Toronto-based project that builds a community around newer riders who are passionate about motorcycles and who have an interest in learning more about mechanics and customization. Tell me more.

The first subarctic Indigenous mental health addictions centre

Remote Indigenous communities of Northern Canada have some of the highest suicide rates in the world. Movember is funding the first subarctic Indigenous mental health addictions centre in Churchill, a remote town on the shores of the Hudson Bay in the Arctic tundra. The Churchill Wellness Centre will provide mental health support, particularly targeted towards local Indigenous populations. Tell me more.

Movember-funded study reveals new insight about men with low-risk prostate cancer

Nearly half of Canadian men who opt for active surveillance to manage their ‘low-risk’ prostate cancer switch to active treatment – such as surgery or radiotherapy – within five years of diagnosis, according to a Movember-funded study. Tell me more.

Canadian men in worldwide trial for prostate cancer home test kit

Thousands of men worldwide are trialling a home test kit for prostate cancer following pioneering research funded by Movember. The Prostate Urine Risk (PUR) test helps doctors decide whether men who have already been diagnosed with the disease are likely to need active treatment within the next five years. The Prostate Screening Box is being tested on men in Canada, Italy, Germany and the UK. It could revolutionize diagnosis and may be available to men within three years. Tell me more.

Empowering men to be better fathers

Movember’s Family Man is the world’s first parenting program designed with dads in mind. It helps men tackle the kicking, screaming and WTF moments of being a dad. By equipping men to deal with parenting’s ups and downs, Family Man helps dads reduce stress. Tell me more.

Teaching adolescent hockey players to talk about mental health

Breaking The Ice is Movember’s flagship mental fitness program aimed at young hockey players. The evidence-based program uses hockey to teach adolescent athletes aged between 12-18, their parents, and coaches, how to talk about mental health. It reviews how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, what to do, and when to get help. The initiative teaches young athletes how to build resilience and overcome challenges, both on and off the ice. Tell me more.

Movember-funded study may mean fewer men need prostate biopsies

Doctors may be able to spare some men from uncomfortable prostate biopsies in future, thanks to the Movember-funded PRECISE study. Results from the study support and improve evidence about a new method for prostate cancer biopsies which reduces the number of men needing a biopsy by about 40%, compared with current standard methods. Tell me more.