Here are 5 other ways you can support Movember this November…
Every November, Movember fundraisers around the world aim make a difference in men’s lives – targeting mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Some grow a moustache, some walk or run to raise money. But how can you show your support if money is a bit tight, or the mo ain’t gonna grow?
There are other ways you can be a Mo Bro or Mo Sister by taking care of yourself and those around you.. here’s how:
1) Keep your good mates close.
It’s been a tough year. Spending time with friends that you trust and make you feel good, is important for mental health. Being social, staying active and checking in on each other offers vital support. Even if you feel fine, make sure your mates are too.
2) Nutty about nuts.
Testicular cancer is one of the most common form of cancer in young men around the world, but around 70% of men don’t check their testicles regularly. Guys, how well do you know your nuts? Get to know them and you may be able to feel when something is not feeling right for you. Have a good feel and check them regularly. Women, let your partner know this is something they should be doing regularly.
3) I like to move it, move it.
Grab your mates this week and get moving – hit the beach or start playing a weekly social match of soccer or cricket. Exercise plays a crucial role in Aussie bloke’s health, happiness and the potential to live longer. On average, one in eight men experience depression and regular, consistent exercise has shown to be essential for positive mental health. One hour a week of exercise is said to help prevent depression. Also, you could incorporate some regular exercises into your routine like cycling to work, taking the stairs each day, or popping out of the office for a few minutes for fresh air and a short stretch.
4) Talk more.
We all love a good story. But sometimes, it is our turn to ask, listen and support. We may not have a solution or even the best answer but simply by ‘being there’ and showing we care can often give someone the confidence to get through tough times. 70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our mates, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.
5) Don’t be afraid of your prostate check!
Many men have prostate cancer withing experiencing any symptoms or signs of prostate cancer and is often detected by a doctor during a routine check-up. Men, if you are 50 or over, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it is right for you to have a PSA test (it’s even covered by Medicare!). A PSA test is a simple routine blood test and used to measure Prostate specific Antigen (PSA) concentration in the blood. Only men have a prostate gland. Women – please reminder your partner to ask their GP about this important test.
And remember, at SmartClinics our dedicated men’s health doctors offer private and confidential support with any physical and mental concerns facing men of all ages.