Guys, we need to talk

I am a big fan of the Movember Foundation not only because of the funds that they raise but for their contribution to men’s health and the conversations that they tackle.

Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. That’s 510,000 men that we lose to suicide each year. Three times as many men die through suicide compared to women.

Saturday 10 September marks World Suicide Prevention Day and the Movember Foundation has one simple message: Men, let’s talk when things get tough. Please watch and share this to keep the conversation going.

Please watch and share this video to keep the conversation going.

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Movember: Get behind the Mo

It’s that time of the year again, where men all over the world unite to raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing a moustache.  The Movember campaigned evolved from a small initiative among friends Australia a few years ago, into a global movement.  Movember’s primary focus is in the silent killer, cancer but their focus have also shifted to draw attention on other men’s health including mental health issues such as depression, alcohol dependency and smoking. Locally, their partnership with CANSA is a huge step in addressing men’s health through patient support.

I joined the movement last year – I was part of a movement, yoh! It has become a movement that’s very close to my heart.

Being a first time Mobro was challenging, the mo or tasche was bloody itchy and towards the end, I looked like a small-town detective. Last year was tribute to my late uncle who passed away from throat cancer.

This year, Movember hit home again. My best friend was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and passed on a few weeks. I miss him. This mo will be a reminder of his fight and I will be wearing it with more pride than ever.

Visit my Mospace at:http://mobro.co/fareed

First year Mo(bro)

I decided to do Movember based on the fact that I could be involved in the planning of this year’s PR campaign. I committed and I have delivered but it took me halfway through the campaign to realise the importance of it. It could be because I shelf emotions and only now have been reminded of my uncle’s passing a few years ago – he had a long battle with throat cancer. He’s suffering was more than that though; an alcohol dependency and chain-smoking.

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The Movember campaign has evolved into a global movement and with this, their focus has shifted to focus on more than just cancer to include men’s health including mental health issues such as depression, alcohol dependency and smoking. Their partnership with CANSA is a huge step in addressing men’s health through patient support.

It’s day 15 of living with my mo and although it’s itchy and I resemble a small town detective, I am staying committed.  I have registered a team which consist of four blokes in my department. Check out our page, http://za.movember.com/mospace/7840597, take the pledge and make your contribution.

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