Movember aims to look at mental health and suicide through a male’s perspective. Unfortunately, the rates of male suicide are rising each year, something which we can all work towards helping. The charity is the leading organisation in male suicide and men’s health, aiming to distinguish the taboo around men’s mental health.
Men and Suicide
Men between the ages 45-49 have the highest rate of suicides. It’s important that within our university we are encouraging each other to open up, and talk about our mental health. On the whole, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women, so make sure you are talking to your male flatmates and course mates to check up on their welfare. There are many factors contributing to the increasing rates of male suicide. However, the one that every suicide charity raises is the topic of ‘masculinity’; how men feel embarrassed or ashamed about speaking up. The truth is, we all experience unpleasant thoughts from time to time, but if they are getting too much, or getting in the way of your day-to-day life, then it’s time to get some help.
What Is Movember?
Movember is a great opportunity to raise awareness of men’s health and stand up against the stigma surrounding mental health amongst men. All you have to do is stop shaving – simple as that! It’s a fun way of raising money for a worthy cause; one that is going to help men all over the world by tackling the stigma. For all the information on Movember, and how to take part, visit their website.
Where can I go for help?
If you’re suffering and need someone to talk to, you can come to our Advice & Support Centre. We're open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. One of our lovely advisers will be able to lend you an ear, making sure you feel supported. Feel free to pop in (we're located in the Students' Union on College Lane), call us on 01707 285022 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
Do you need help out of hours? There are many charities that are open 24/7, all aiming to help you with your mental health. Some include:
- • Samaritans – a free, confidential service with a 24/7 phone line. Call them on 116 123. Their website is also filled with information on mental health issues, coping mechanisms and much more.
- • CALM – a charity supporting men who suffer from mental health. Visit their website for information on how to get support or how to help them fight the battle against men’s mental health.