Movember in Merton

In what has been a tougher year than most, the charity is calling on Mo Bros to unite, farewell the follicles and shave down on October 30 to raise funds which will stop men dying too young. 

Now in its 17th year, the annual Mo-growing campaign encourages Mo Bros and Mo Sisters around the world to rally in support of Movember’s cause areas; men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.  

Men’s mental health and COVID 
Figures released earlier this year by Movember, as part of a global study carried out by the Social Research Centrei found that:

  • Nearly half of British men (46 per cent) said no one asked how they’re coping during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 22% of men said their mental health had worsened in the first six weeks of the pandemic, with 29% noting increased feelings of loneliness
  • Older men are the group most likely to have experienced poorer social connection, with 62 per cent of men aged 45+ years reporting they feel less connected to their friends since the COVID-19 outbreak

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED 

Grow a Mo - Upper lip at the ready? Great news. Trucker, Regent, Connoisseur or Wisp – no matter your Mo’s shape or style this Movember, your face will raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

Move for Movember - Commit to running or walking 60kms over the month. That’s 60kms for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the world. You can join a team or run solo.  

Host a Mo-ment- Rally a crew and do something fun. Hosting is all about having a good time for a good cause. And you can always put a virtual spin on your plans. The best part? Virtual events are easy to organise, cheap to run and you can go in your slippers. Think an online gaming tournament, Mo Bingo or a virtual trivia night. 

Mo Your Own Way- A choose-your-own-adventure challenge, epic in scope and scale. You make the rules. You set the limits and chase them down. Take a hike, run a relay, ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Get creative, push your limits and inspire donations with sheer grit. 

Where the money goes, 2020 initiatives:  

  • Digital mental health tools, including Movember Conversations, a free online ‘conversation simulator’ to kick start conversations with the men who might be struggling 
  • £1.78million into the Social Innovators Challenge, designed to fund projects aimed at creating social connectedness and mental wellbeing in men 
  • £1.86million for the Social Connections Challenge to engage with innovative, crowd sourced digital or technology ideas, to better connect men amid isolation 
  • Mental health grants for Veterans and First Responders initiatives with an initial investment of £3.38million over the next two years (supported by DGR) 

Take part by visiting their webiste here. Make sure you keep us updated with your plans by email sophie@mvsc.co.uk or tagging us on Facebook and Twitter