While Prostate Cancer gets a lot of attention when talking about the Movember Movement, cancer is only half the equation. The Movember movement is also about Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for Men as well, given that men are 75% of suicides in America.
The Number One Problem Is A Lack of Open Conversations.
As the Movember Movement likes to put it, “Most of us say we’d be there for our friends if they need us. Most of us also say that we feel uncomfortable asking friends for help. Something’s Gotta Change.” While everyone feels like they would be happy to help out their friends, especially when they’re struggling, there’s never a conversation that happens. No one wants to be a burden on their friends, to admit that they’re struggling or that they have a problem. But at the end of the day, that’s what we have friends for. The days where we can’t handle the stress, burdens, and struggles of life, and need people for support.
If You Think You’re Friend Is Struggling, Make The First Move
You might be holding back because they don’t seem like they want to talk about it, but it’s always better to hear that from them. The worst thing that can happen is if they decide they don’t want to talk about it, but at least that’s been said. Start the conversation. Then choose how you want to handle it once you know how they feel. But if you don’t make the first move, they will never know for sure if you’re willing to listen.
Try Approaching It Through A Shared Hobby
Get them to a spot where they are comfortable talking. That might be as simple as texting about it instead of talking face to face, or it could mean going on a hike. If you have a shared hobby, don’t be afraid to approach it by using that as the medium. Your best shot at getting through to them is when they feel comfortable with you.
Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for men. Three out of four suicides, roughly every 60 seconds, a man will commit suicide. Reach out. Get help or offer help. Change the trend.
That’s the other half of what the Movember Movement is all about.