A number of men throughout Commercial Services Group have taken the Movember challenge on with gusto for 2019, with an attempt to raise awareness for men’s health, raising money to battle prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide. With an original target of £250 set, Commercial Services Energy Division began to start raising awareness and money in aid of this great cause, with the rest of Commercial Services Group to follow. As the team approached the second week of Movember, a staggering £240 had already been raised, with some impressive moustaches filling the office in suave sophistication.
The Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation began in Australia in 2003, when two friends (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) decided to go for a quiet drink in a pub. It was there, the idea for Movember was born. Introduced to tackle men’s health and prostate cancer, it has since developed on a global scale.
The charity is addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide, and are independent of government funding. According to the Movember team, in 15 years, the organisation has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. To read Movember’s origin story - “A Hairy Tale” please click here - https://fr.movember.com/story/11213/.
CS Energy Division Mo Bros
Top left to right: Andrew Gillespie, Sam Lacchin, Matt Brimsted, Nigel Hartnup
Bottom left to right: Darren Marshall, Matt Greenwood, Ashley Wicks, Eamon Grimes
Mental Health & Suicide
A number of us have already been affected by mental health and/or suicide, and simply put, men are dying too young because of this. The Movember website states that on average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women, and 3 quarters of suicides are by men rather than women. The World Health Organisation estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year, which is equal to one every minute.
Mental health issues have been generally increasing, and organisations around the world are now taking additional action to raise awareness and become more mindful, sparking conversations and getting people talking. Whether you work in an office, factory or coffee shop, there is a high chance that a co-worker, friend or even family member is suffering but putting on a brave face. It’s important to look out for signs and remember that it’s okay to ask someone how they are, offering a sympathetic ear to anyone who needs it.
It’s okay to not know what to do
Sometimes, it can be difficult to know what to do or say if/when someone opens up to you. The most important thing to remember is that you’re not meant to have the answers. All you need to do is listen. Constant reminders that you are there can make a world of difference. After all, you are the one they have trusted to talk to, and it would have taken a lot of courage for them to come forward.
By the end of Movember, the Commercial Services Energy division raised £435 for the Movember foundation. A massive well done to all of those involved, and a big thank you to all of those who helped raised this fantastic sum of money to this great cause.
Keep the conversation going
Although Movember is now coming to an end, that doesn’t mean the discussion has to stop there. Keep the conversation going! Listen and support. You may be saving a life without even knowing it…
If you are suffering, and don’t know where to turn, there are a number of support networks to help you. Below is a list of links you may find useful and Samaritans is just a phone call or email away for 24 hour impartial support – call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/
Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/
NHS: One You - https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/
Mental Health Foundation - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
Movember - https://uk.movember.com/