Movember: A Month for Men's Health Awareness

by Olife Team

Did you know that November is men’s health awareness month? A month dedicated to raising awareness and support to those facing physical and mental health issues, with Men’s Health Awareness Day falling on the 19th of the same month. When it comes to mental health problems, men are less likely to feel safe asking for help because of the cultural stigma behind it. 

Did you know that..?

  • New fathers are prone to paternal postpartum depression. Up to 10% of men experience symptoms within six month or their child’s birth.
  • Most diagnostic methods for depression tend to assess symptoms more commonly presented by women, such as sadness and crying, but ignore symptoms that are common among men, like physical pain, anger and irritability.
  • More men die by suicide than women
  • The mental health of adolescent boys and young men needs more attention and resources because intervening early is the best predictor of a healthier adulthood. 

Movember

  • Movember is the title of a global charity aiming to raise awareness on men’s mental health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide prevention. There are many ways to support the movement, like growing a mustache, running or walking 60km over the month for the 60 men lost to suicide every hour across the world, or host a Mo-ment.
  • You can read more about the charity on their website. Attention around men’s health—particularly mental health—is gaining momentum everyday. While men and women both live with mental health problems and illnesses, their experiences can be very different. Although rates of mental illness are comparable between men and women, men are less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for their illness.
  • That is why we want to take this chance to tell you that seeking help is a sign of strength, it doesn’t convey weakness or something opposite of masculinity, you can be the voice of change for other men if you decide to start talking about the importance of men’s health today.

You are supported and validated by everyone at Olife!


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