It’s time to grow a Mo!

Globally, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day. This rate of male suicide is alarmingly high. We can’t sit back and accept it.

However, this November you can make a difference by part taking in Movember.

Time to help a mate.

Movember fundraisers are a global community of fired up Mo Bros and Mo Sisters making a difference in men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.

It looks at mental health through a male lens, focusing on prevention and early intervention. Movember is working towards a world where men take action to be mentally well and are supported by those around them.

This November, Mo Bros are encouraged to grow a moustache and raise funds for Movember. Or if you are Mo Sister you can raise funds by running or walking 60km over the month.

Staying connected mates is crucial in supporting yourself and others. Helping or talking to your mates is easy when you know how too. Try using ALEC to help navigate a conversation with a friend who might be doing it tough. You can also use ‘Movember Conversations’ to give yourself the confidence to have these conversations with the men in your life.

A – Ask.

You can start by mentioning anything different you’ve noticed. Maybe it is simple things like coming into work late or missing social events.

A good way to start the conversation is by asking, “You haven’t seemed like yourself recently. Are you ok?”

L – Listen.

Try to give your mates your full attention, without interruptions. Don’t feel you have to diagnose problems, offer solutions or give advice. Just let him know you’re all ears, judgement free.

Follow-up questions are good too. This will help let them know you’re listening. Try a phrase like this: “That can’t be easy. How long have you felt that way?”

E – Encourage action.

Help your mates to focus on simple things that might improve their wellbeing. Talk about if they are getting enough sleep, regularly exercising, and eating properly.

If you feel comfortable too, suggest they tell other people they trust about how they are feeling. This can make things easier for both of you. And if they have felt low for more than two weeks, suggest they see a doctor.

C – Check-in.

Suggest regularly catch-ups in person if you can. If you can’t manage to meet-up, make time for a call or send a message. This will show you care, and you’ll get a feel of whether they are feeling any better.

If you are worried that somebody’s life is in immediate danger, contact the emergency services on triple zero or the acute care team  at Princess Alexandra Hospital on 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255).

Reydon Street Medical Centre is here to help if you feel you might need more assistance, or just to talk, our doctors are skilled at managing mental health for all ages. You can book an appointment online day or night through our website.

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