Movember is here, and this year it’s more important than ever to focus on men’s health and wellbeing. La Trobe’s Senior Coordinator of Men’s Wellbeing Jason Campbell tells us what it’s about and how you can join in and benefit from this important month.
What is Movember?
The Movember organisation runs ground-breaking health promotion projects focusing on the areas of 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 wellbeing, and have some fun, reconnect with friends and keep fit in the process.
Movember reminds guys to prioritise their own mental health and for us all to look out for the men in our lives. We are slowly emerging from a really challenging few years, so Movember is a good opportunity to re-connect with friends and family and support men’s health at the same time.
Movember is more than sporting a nice-looking Mo for a month – it’s also a great opportunity to use that fuzz to start Movember Conversations about men’s mental health. It might be more important than you think; now is a great time to check in with your mates, see how they pulled up after lockdown and how they are going with getting back into the new normal.
How do I get involved in Movember?
Guys are facing some real challenges at this time, but we can’t stay silent.
As a way of reconnecting with your friends and family, why not get involved in Movember? Together, we can do our bit for men’s health and “help save a bro”.
All Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s can get involved in different ways:
- Gro a Mo for Movember – Sign up as an individual effort or start a team and grow your Mo
- Move for Movember
- Host a Mo-Ment
- Mo your own way
Even if you aren’t feeling motivated to grow that Mo, perhaps use this time to check in with yourself and ask: “How am I travelling?”
La Trobe’s Men’s Wellbeing Program
Feel like giving a voice to how you’re going or having a chat about men’s health and wellbeing? Our men’s wellbeing program might be for you:
Men’s Health and Wellbeing at La Trobe
Health and Wellbeing Services and Resources
Here at La Trobe:
- The La Trobe Men’s Health and Wellbeing service provides counselling tailored specifically with men’s health and wellbeing in mind. Counselling is confidential, relaxed, and aimed at helping you achieve your goals and getting your strength back again. Book a men’s wellbeing appointment
- If you require Urgent Assistance please contact our University Crisis Line (UCL) (for after-hours emergency phone counselling) on 1300 146 307 or text 0488 884 100. This service operates 5pm-9am on weekdays and 24 hours during weekends and public holidays.
- Lifeline – For anyone experiencing a personal crisis, 24 hours a day, call 13 11 14
- MensLine Australia – confidential telephone crisis counselling, referral and support service especially for men, call 1300 78 99 78
- Beyond Blue – The government has created a new Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service which offers further Wellbeing services and resources
- Switchboard – for LGBTIQA+ specific support and referral
- Movember: Check out the Movember website for more information.