Movember is just around the corner and this year it’s more important than ever to focus on men’s health and wellbeing. La Trobe’s Men’s Wellbeing Coordinator Jason Campbell talks about what it’s about and how you can join in and benefit from this important month.
Movember is not just “November with a Mo” but a month that highlights the importance for guys to prioritise their mental health and for us to look out for the men in our lives. “We are currently living in a very challenging time, so Movember is a good opportunity to check in with ourselves, our mates and family and see how we are traveling”.
The Movember organisation runs ground-breaking health promotion projects focusing on preventable loss of life in the men we care about. Mental health and suicide prevention, testicular cancer and prostate cancer. Movember is a great way to help shine the light on men’s mental health and have some fun, keep connected and keep fit in the process.
Movember is more than sporting a nice-looking Mo for a month – although having a stylish ‘stache is pretty cool – it’s also a great opportunity for using that fuzz to start the conversations about men’s mental health. Guys are facing some real challenges at this time but we can’t stay silent.
How do I get involved?
All Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s can get involved in different ways:
- Gro a Mo for Movember: You can sign up as an individual effort and grow your Mo or start a team
- Move for Movember
- Host a Mo-Ment
- Mo your own way
Even if you are not feeling motivated to grow that Mo or Move for Movember perhaps use this time to check in with yourself and ask “how am I traveling?”
Feel like giving a voice to how you are going or having a chat about men’s health and wellbeing? Our men’s wellbeing program might be for you.
Check out the official La Trobe Movember info page for more information and resources.
Health and Wellbeing Services and Resources
- The Men’s wellbeing program is available with counselling tailored specifically with men’s health and wellbeing in mind. The men’s wellbeing counsellor provides counselling (currently via phone or Zoom) that is confidential, relaxed, and aimed at helping you achieve your goals and getting your strength back again. Make an appointment.
- General counselling is also available through our counselling service. Make an appointment with La Trobe’s Counselling Team via telephone or video (Zoom).
- Not sure what sort of support you need? Fill in this form to request a callback from our Wellbeing team.
- Use our La Trobe University Crisis Line for Out-of-Hours Mental Health and Wellbeing Support. Phone 1300 146 307 or text 0488 884 100. This service operates 5pm-9am on weekdays and 24 hours during weekends and public holidays.
Need further support?
- Lifeline – For anyone experiencing a personal crisis, 24 hours a day 13 11 14.
- MensLine Australia – confidential telephone crisis counselling, referral and support service especially for men 1300 78 99 78
- Beyond Blue – The government has created a new Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service which offers further Wellbeing services and resources
- Headspace – Check out their COVID-19 resource on coping with stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Switchboard – for LGBTIQA+ specific support and referral