Growing up, it was the norm for us all to talk about and share female focused campaigns. From brands turning products pink for Breast Cancer Awareness and infamous body positivity campaigns such as Dove’s Real Beauty, to gender pay gap initiatives and the #metoo movement, women have undoubtedly had the spotlight for some time. This has taken gender equality and female empowerment to whole new levels, and we’re hopefully all better off as a result.
But has the health and wellbeing of our male counterparts got lost along the way?
With men dying on average six years younger than women, and more young men than ever dying as a result of preventable causes, now is the time to share that spotlight.
One organisation that has been working its balls off since 2003 to support men, is Movember. As one of the leading charities changing the face of men’s health, they’ve funded more than 1,250 projects around the world. Their aim has been to challenge the status quo, shake up scientific research, and transform the way men can access health services and support. And boy, have they done a killer job so far.
Famous for its moustache growing initiatives each November, to support cancer related causes, Movember is showing no signs of slowing down, and is even now taking a more holistic approach to men’s health.
Alongside prostate cancer, which one in eight men will be diagnosed with, and testicular cancer, the most common cancer amongst young men, Movember is also tackling mental health and suicide prevention. A topic that has become ever more present in today’s news agenda.
Globally, on average, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day.Movember
In the UK, with 75% of all suicides being male, it is now the single biggest killer of men under 45 and the cause of 18 deaths every day. That’s 18 men. Every. Single. Day. As Movember so articulately puts it, we can’t sit back and accept this.
Movember wants to reduce the rate of male suicides by 25% by 2030. By this time, they also want to halve the number of men dying from prostate and testicular cancer. Bold, yes. Achievable, hell yes!
Rebels, this is where you come in. This November, we’re going BIG and want every Rebel Mo Bro and Mo Sista involved. How can you get in on the Mo action?
* Join a Movember Ride at 5.30pm at St Mary Axe, on 8th, 15th 22nd and 29th November
* Join us for Mo Sessions, every Friday at St Mary Axe from 6.30pm after the Movember Ride. Master Trainer and moustache god, Jono, will be hosting guest speakers each week, with the aim of discussing mental health, supporting men and breaking down the stigma of masculinity. Barber & Blow will also be on hand to trim those mos (booking required). Open to all Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.
* Take on the epic six club challenge on Saturday 30th November. Six clubs. Six classes. One day. Yep that’s right Rebels
* Get your post workout shake on with our new CBD Brownie shake. 10% of sales of which will go to Movember
* Donate. We’ll have donation points in all clubs throughout the whole month
* Want to get in on the 1Rebel action and help us raise a s**t load of cash with your own activities? Join our challenge page here >> http://bit.ly/myrebelmo
We’ll also be shouting out our Rebel Mo Bros and Mo Sistas throughout the month, who are getting involved in their own ways, across our social channels. So, keep us updated on all your Mo loving antics.
If you or someone you know needs immediate support, please call Samaritans on 116 123. If life is in danger, call 999 or go directly to emergency services.