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Men’s Month

Every November, people come together to recognise men’s health issues and raise awareness by literally and metaphorically, changing the face of men’s health. Often, men’s health topics are taboo subjects, and typically men don’t talk about their problems as much as women. So let’s continue to raise awareness and together, we can help to save lives.

Loneliness: The Quiet Battle

Imagine a room full of people, laughter bouncing off the walls, yet in the midst of it all stands a man enveloped in silence. Loneliness is not always about being alone; it’s about feeling alone. For many men, there’s a cultural script that equates silence with strength, and vulnerability with weakness. However, this script often leads to an inner isolation that can have devastating consequences on mental and physical health.

Studies show that prolonged loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s a risk factor for depression, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. This November, let’s start by extending a hand, asking the tough questions, and truly listening. Because sometimes, a conversation can be the lifeline that pulls someone back from the edge of solitude.

Common Men’s Health Issues: Breaking the Silence

Men’s health issues span a spectrum as wide as any other demographic’s but are often met with stoic dismissiveness. Heart disease remains the leading killer, with men being more likely to suffer heart attacks earlier in life. Testicular and prostate cancers silently affect a vast number of men each year, with early detection being the key to successful treatment. Mental health, too, cannot be overlooked, as men are historically less likely to seek help for mental health struggles, leading to a higher rate of suicide.

This November, let’s shift the narrative. Education and open dialogue can equip men with the knowledge to take proactive steps towards health. It’s about routine check-ups, being aware of the body’s signals, and fostering environments where speaking up about health concerns is not just accepted but encouraged.

Retirement: A New Chapter with New Challenges

Retirement is often portrayed as the golden age of life, a time for relaxation and leisure. However, for many men, it can come with unforeseen challenges. The loss of routine, purpose, and social connections that work provides can lead to a significant impact on one’s health. Men might find themselves struggling to fill their days, cope with the loss of their professional identity, or deal with financial strain.

November could be a turning point where we redefine retirement for men. It’s a time to prepare, not just financially, but emotionally and physically. Let’s create community programs that provide retirees with opportunities to connect, learn new skills, and stay active. In doing so, we can help ensure that retirement is not the end of the road but the beginning of a fulfilling new journey.

Movember: More Than Just Growing a Mustache

Movember has become synonymous with men’s health. It’s an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. This movement has done a stellar job in breaking the ice, but it’s not just about facial hair. Movember is a call to action, a reminder that men’s health deserves attention 365 days a year.

The mustache is a symbol, a conversation starter that can lead to life-saving dialogues. By participating or supporting someone who is, we are all contributing to a fund that supports men’s health projects around the world, ones that tackle prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.