Remember remember the month of Movember
If you’re starting to see fuzz growing on the upper lips of more people in your office corridors or shop floors than usual, you know it’s Movember.
The month formally known as November is now traditionally the month of fireworks, gunpowder plots… and moustaches.
The campaign started 20 years ago in Australia, and is now one of the biggest leading charities and global movements changing the face of men’s health. It has three focuses – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health.
According to the Movember website, a growing number of men – around 10.8M globally – are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis, with 140 men diagnosed every day in the UK. Meanwhile, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men across the world, and one man dies by suicide every minute of every day – with males accounting for 69% of all suicides.
Movember aims to raise awareness and funds to help tackle all of these issues – and it’s an excellent way to start engaging more men in their own health.
Men are typically more reluctant than women to share their feelings, slower to go to their GP, and more likely to ignore symptoms for longer. Which is exactly why Movember is such a great opportunity to start real and open conversations about men’s health – and offer a real gateway for men to start taking control of it.
Taking up their Bluecrest Wellness health assessment, which may include a Prostate test, can help men stay not just on top of their health but in front of it – understanding their risk factors and using that information to make informed decisions to stay well and live well.
Here are 6 things to do for Movember today:
- Find your stories
There will be people in your organisation, including dads, brothers, partners, mums and daughters who are fundraising for Movember, and many will have personal stories about why it’s so important to them. If they’re willing to share them on the intranet or other internal comms channels, it’s a great way to make Movember personal, raise awareness of symptoms and treatments – and start conversations across your organisation.
- Lead from the top
Stories and moustaches from and on senior people are a great way to begin your internal comms campaign, and set the tone for the rest of the organisation. Recruit your Exec to start talking about Movember, prostate cancer, testicular cancer – and mental health.
- Re-decorate and resource
Posters on the back of the loo door are an oldie but a goodie. There are loads of printable and digital resources available – and they go beyond the old-fashioned poster. You’ll find things like useful digital resources like logos, web-banners, email signatures, social media messages, content and articles here:
You can choose to raise funds as well as awareness this Movember. For your organisation that might look like a cup-cake bake off, ball games in the car park, sponsored runs, walks, bike rides or moustaches, a donation bucket – or match-funding all of the above.
Movember funds ground-breaking projects all over the world, engaging men where they are to understand what works best, unite experts and accelerate change.
Your line managers need to be doing more than overseeing their teams’ work. They’re the frontline to help you identify issues early, and support people properly so they can be at their best – at work and in the rest of their lives. That means understanding not just the letter of your HR policies on cancer and mental health, but how to recognise and talk to someone going through a health crisis of any sort – and how to help them effectively.
Movember is a great time to run reminder sessions, or offer extra training. That could include things like mental health champion or mental health first aid training, or simply sharing top tips for how to support cancer in the workplace from Macmillan.
Signposting people to the right information and advice is key – and that includes reminding them of the health benefits you’ve made available to them.
If Movember has got men thinking about what’s going on inside their bodies, they can go and get a full-body MOT with Bluecrest Wellness. And that could be the first step in being more proactive, finding some peace of mind – and taking a bit of power back.