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Movember is here, the leading mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer charity organization. Movember has rolled out its 14th annual campaign in Canada today which does look a little different, with moustaches sprouting behind a mask, however the need to raise funds and awareness for men’s health has never been more important. With many Canadians experiencing social isolation it can often be a precursor to increased feelings of anxiety, depression and grief and this has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Canada, 3 out of 4 suicides are by men and it remains the second leading cause of death for men 15-44. This is the time to come together and do some good, while having a little fun, which everyone could use right now. Help stop our fathers, brothers, partners, sons and friends, from dying to young – join the movement and sign-up at Movember.com.
Men and women (or Mo Bros and Mo Sisters) are invited to sign-up at Movember.com, create a Mo Space, choose to Grow, Move, Host or Mo Your Own Way and start raising funds and awareness for men’s mental and physical health.
As part of the campaign for this year a study with 3,000 Canadians was conducted and found:
- 71% of Canadians felt that connecting with friends and family virtually has helped improve their mental health.
60% of Canadians felt that virtual activities (happy hour Zoom calls, virtual poker night, book club, etc.) made them feel more connected during the pandemic.
For those who are looking to MOVE for Movember, new stats for the same survey give guidance into how Canadians are keeping physically active in 2020:
- For 66% of Canadians, the pandemic has resulted in missing a scheduled social activity like playing a sport, getting together for poker night or meeting up for a drink
85% of Canadians have adjusted by getting outdoors for physical activity; 45% are using a home gym; and 10% have engaged in virtual fitness classes
“There is no question that the lack of social-connectedness in our current phase of the pandemic is having an impact on Canadian’s mental health,” says Todd Minerson, Country Director for Movember Canada. “Many guys are isolated and disconnected from their usual social support networks – and the places where men usually go to have those shoulder-to-shoulder conversations with their friends, like going out for a drink, watching or playing a sport, or going to the gym, have been severely reduced. It’s a very important time to be raising awareness and supporting men’s health, and we’re excited to see so many Canadians join us this year.”
Now in its 14th year in Canada, the annual Mo-growing campaign encourages ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sisters’ across the country to rally in support of Movember’s primary cause areas; men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. To date, through moustaches grown and conversations generated, Movember has proudly welcomed over six million supporters and helped fund over 1,250 innovative men’s health projects across twenty countries, nearly 300 of those right here in Canada. While this year may look a little different and fundraisers may not be able to show off their moustaches in the same social ways they have previously, the role of the Mo has never been more important.