During the month of November staff at Bethany College supported the Movember charity.
Strong male role models are important to our community whether they be fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, friends or teachers. But these same men are part of a historical culture of not discussing their physical and mental health. Traditional stereotypes that men should be strong, stoic, don’t cry and definitely do not talk about their feelings are major impediments to men having their physical and mental health checked regularly and are contributing to adverse men’s health outcomes.
Movember aims to help men deal with issues proactively by bringing issues into the spotlight, including:
– The average life expectancy for men is 6 years less than women globally
– 1 in 6 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lives
– Testicular cancer rates have doubled in the last 50 years
– Globally, on average, 1 man dies every minute by suicide
Movember has funded more than 1250 culture-specific projects in 20 countries. These projects give men the facts about their health, facilitate behaviour change and provide men access to health services to improve their quality of life during and after treatment.
Assistant Science Coordinator