This year, more than ever, we need to take a stand against stigma, a stance against shame, and galvanise a genuine, positive change for the sake of men everywhere.
As we move into the final week of Movember, we wanted to share some of the charities, people, and organisations that have been raising money and awareness for men’s mental health.
We encourage you to share this blog post with your team, to inspire change and highlight the importance of taking a stand against the stigma attached to men’s mental health.
Fergus Crawley & Jonathan Pain
This year adventure athletes Fergus Crawley and Jonathan Pain took on “The Vertical Marathon” to raise money for Movember. This challenge included a grueling 42,200m elevation gain up and down Ben Nevis, covering 540km - 3 X the height of Mount Everest!
This incredible duo hopes to inspire men all over the world to climb their own hypothetical mountain, to be open, honest, and vulnerable, to be a “Man of more words”.
After completing their 11-day challenge and raising over £30,000 for Movember so far, it’s safe to say Fergus and Jonathan have made their mark in changing the way we talk about men’s mental health.
“The mountain may seem too big to face, or too steep to climb, but it is not the summit that matters, it’s taking the first step, and learning to grow with the journey”
CALM (The Campaign Against Miserably Living)
CALM is a leading mental health charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK.
They offer a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems, and a service called Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP) for those bereaved by suicide.
CALM has partnered with brands and ambassadors to spread awareness of suicide and its devastating impact with campaigns like #Project84, #DontBottleItUp, and The Best Man Project. They aim to challenge male stereotypes and encourage positive behavioral change using cultural touchpoints like art, music, sport and comedy.
In 2019 charity Heads Together and the Football Association clubbed together to start the mental health campaign Heads Up. The initiative aims to bring football fans and players together to change the conversation on men’s mental health through football.
Earlier this year Head’s Up created a ‘Mentally Healthy Football’ declaration, which was signed by members of the football community, committing to building a mentally healthy culture at all levels of the game, now and for future generations.
This declaration aims to create an environment in the UK football community where mental health is openly discussed, helping players and staff to spot signs that someone they know might be struggling.
"We are here today to take a big step in shattering this silence. We are going to use one of the most powerful, unifying forces in our society – football – to start the biggest ever conversation on mental health." - The Duke of Cambridge
Movember ambassador, Dad of 2, and fitness enthusiast James Martin knows exactly how hopeless things can feel, and why support and resources are so crucial.
James has first-hand experience dealing with anxiety and depression and is familiar with the difficulties and barriers faced by those battling with their mental health.
As well as campaigning for Mind as a Time to Change Champion, James is also a Community Ambassador for Movember, encouraging men to be more open about their health, especially mental health and suicide prevention.
Last November James ran 84kms a week every week raising over £10,000 for Movember. This year he’s been sharing a video every day on his LinkedIn page, opening up about his mental health experiences, inspiring other men to do the same.
Of course, we can’t forget the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, Movember.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
“The number of men taking their own lives around the world is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Movember is working to ensure all men and boys look after their mental health and are comfortable to seek help when they’re struggling.” - Brendan Maher, Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Movember pride themselves on being fully transparent with where donated money goes by providing a library of reports on their website, outlining the projects they have funded.
We hope reading about these incredible people will inspire you and your team to support one another during the winter months ahead.
Please find some mental health resources attached below for you to share with your colleagues, your friends and your family.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably - for men aged 15-35
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)