August 22nd, 2019

Our work in mental health

Take a look at some of the programs around the world that are helping men and boys to stay mentally healthy.
Mental Health
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Men are in trouble. Three out of the four people who die by suicide each year are male. And it remains the biggest killer of men under 44. Something has to be done to stop lives being cut short and prevent families losing out on years with the fathers, sons, brothers and friends they love. 

There are no simple solutions to this crisis but having close mates who you can talk to and rely on in a crisis is vital for good mental health.  But our research tells us that men’s friendships and their social circles tend to get weaker as they get older because work and family become the main priorities. And if they’re going through a bad patch, many men struggle on in silence or they don’t ask for help until it’s too late.

As the leading men’s health charity, Movember is working with our community to challenge outdated stereotypes about what it means to be a man and make it okay for them to open up and get the support they need.

One of the ways we are tackling the problem is to get men to understand what good mental health looks like. We give them the tools they need to build resilience and we spread the word that spending time with your friends is good for you and bottling things up isn’t. Because men seem to find it easier to open up when they are doing something else. The projects we invest in are based around activity, particularly team sports. If we are to achieve our goal of reducing the number of male suicides by 25 per cent by 2030, we’ll need more men (and women) to join us. 

Take a look at some of the programs around the world that are helping men and boys to stay mentally healthy, supported by their friends, family and community during tough times. These programs and others are only possible because of you, our Movember fundraisers and donors.