Movember started in 2003 and is now a worldwide phenomena. So much so that now people automatically associate the month of November with Autumn leaves, Bonfire Nights and the growing of mustaches.
A simple idea sparked from two friends chatting in a bar to a worldwide movement, there has been over six million mustaches grown in support of Movember so far.
Donations raised from the Movember campaign goes to fund 1,250 men’s health projects, situated all across the world. These projects facilitate the research and support of issues that men are faced with; including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
The reason why Movember is so important is due to the fact that it gets the issues discussed and raises awareness of subjects that otherwise may be swept under the carpet.
For those not wanting to commit to growing a mustache, Movember have asked that you simply reach out to the men in your life. Noticing that it is difficult to open up and talk about your feelings, Movember have provided some extremely handy conversational tips.
In a multiple-choice game, you are given scenarios where you have to try and choose the correct options for what to say. This lets people think about the best way to provide support to their loved ones, with tips and text messages that you can send.
During lockdown, everyone is struggling - now more than ever - and it is crucial that we all support one another. With loneliness, stress and anxiety all becoming major factors of our everyday lives, we have had to adapt to extraordinary circumstances. Whether it’s a simple text message or a Zoom call, use this month as a way of checking in with friends and family.
Some of the RGU Sports Clubs have decided to grow some mustaches for Movember, with RGU Football even taking part in moving 60km through the month. For instance RGU Football have raised £1785 way over their target of £1500. To find out more information and to help them reach their target please visit: https://uk.movember.com/team/2384640?mc=1&utm_medium=share&utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=copy-clipboard.
On a final note, if you are struggling with anything, please know that there is help available. Whether you prefer getting in touch with loved ones, lecturers or the RGU:Union, we urge you to reach out. Just because we are separated does not mean you are on your own.