A couple of weeks ago, during the floods of Houston, Texas, there was a photograph of a shark in the streets that went viral. Not so long later, the Chinese said that they wanted to launch an elevator in space. The economy is collapsing and in several countries around the world it is considered a luxury to have a lunch or dinner at a restaurant. As the famous Harry Potter quote goes, these are dangerous times. And what’s even more dangerous are the illnesses that threaten to take us all, and we have to do everything we can to prevent them. One small step to achieving this is Movember.
Movember: The Definition
It’s not No-Shave November, it’s Movember. Movember was a brilliant idea of two Aussies, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery who started to grow a moustache in order to bring it back to life. After they successfully convinced 30 other people, they realised they could use their power to raise money for prostate cancer, the same way women raise money for breast cancer. Since then, the movement boomed, and more than 900 health projects were funded due to all the kind gentlemen (and ladies) around the globe.
What Does Movember Do and Who Can Participate?
Movember is not about just growing your facial hair (however, if you choose only to do so, you will be contributing in your own, small way). It has become a global health charity focused mainly on prostate and testicular cancer, but also on the prevention of male suicide which, according to Business Insider and other statistics on suicides, happens more than half a million times over the course of one year. Apart from growing a moustache, popular Movember activities created in order to de-stress and re-energise such as The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, The Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest and MoRunning are very popular not only among male celebrities such as Daniel Craig and Brad Pitt, but female ones as well. Therefore, you don’t necessarily have to be a man in order to support this movement. If you want to make a bigger change than just growing your moustache, the first step is to register on the official Movember website.
Fun and Not-So-Much-Fun Facts
The Movember cause has already been carried by more than 5 million brothers and sisters around the world. So, if you want to be the next Ram Singh Chauhan (who still holds the record for the longest moustache in the world), or take up the role of an 18th century British soldier (who had to grow their moustache in order to be in the army), you can start right away. Girls, since you can’t grow a proper moustache (unless, of course, some of you can and do want), your job is to spread awareness about the problem and encourage mindful living. It’s not only the well-known illnesses that kill people such as AIDS or cancer, it’s the small ones as well. As we mentioned, more than half a million men per year commit suicide. Of course, prostate and testicular cancer have more fatalities: half of men cannot detect testicular cancer until it’s too late, and prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer with predictions it will rise to more than 1.5 million cases annually by 2020.
How to help?
When it comes to male suicide, stress and depression are the most common triggers, and we find out a loved one suffers from these when it’s, unfortunately, too late. If you have a partner who suffers from depression or is simply in a very bad period of his life at the moment, sign the two of you up for a couples massage. Moreover, regular medical check-ups are a must, so if you can take a day of your life and make sure you’re perfectly healthy, do it. That way, you will encourage yourself to take a check-up and doing so, you will be helping yourself, too.
Yes, Movember does take place during the course of November, but it is definitely not the only time of the year we have to think about all these things. It’s a global movement that should spread even more, so we encourage you to make a change in this world, and help not only others, but you as well.