Changing the face of men's health

Thursday 28th of October 2021
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Kia ora team,
Our social media feeds will soon be full of images of blokes sporting various styles (and stages) of facial hair growth, but Movember is about much more than growing moustaches for money.

Don’t get me wrong, fundraising is important. Donations can help save a father, a brother, a son, a friend or a partner – a man’s life – by providing financial support for essential research programmes and wellbeing initiatives.

But the ultimate goal of Movember is to create a world where men don’t think twice about taking action to maintain their mental and physical health, knowing that they’re fully supported by the people around them.

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Movember is all about making a difference in key areas of men’s health: mental health promotion and suicide prevention, plus increasing awareness of testicular and prostate cancers.

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Around the world, the rate of male suicide is alarmingly high: 6 out of 10 suicides globally are men.

New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – an international organisation of 36 countries. And statistics show that construction workers in Aotearoa have the highest suicide rate of any industry.

 “We respond differently to life’s unexpected challenges. Sometimes, though, that can leave us feeling worried or overwhelmed. It’s our hope that we can connect men with the right support and equip their peers with the confidence and skills to reach out and help when it’s most needed.” – Brendan Maher, Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Movember.

Check out Movember Conversations: tools designed to help give you confidence to have conversations with the guys in your life who might be struggling.

Urgent support is always available for you or someone you know by calling:

  • 1737 Need to Talk (1737) - call or text for FREE 24/7 
  • The Suicide Crisis Helpline (0508 828 865), or
  • Lifeline (0800 543 354)

If you're ever worried that someone's life is in immediate danger, call 111 or go directly to emergency services.

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Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer among young men. Yet 62% of those who are most at risk don’t know how to check themselves.

The good news is that it’s easy. “Get to know your nuts,” says the Movember website. In other words, get to know what’s normal for you and if anything changes, act on it. When caught early, testicular cancer is highly treatable and curable.

Find out more info in the Nuts & Bolts Toolkit.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. Globally, more than 1.4 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Know the facts and take action early. The difference between early detection and late detection can be the difference between life and death.

If you’re aged 45-50, don’t sit on any concerns – talk to your GP!

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Get amongst it

Whether you’re planning to grow a mo yourself or take part in one of the many other Movember challenges or events, or you're sponsoring a mate, it’s all about having conversations and taking action.

Mo Bros and Mo Sisters, what are you doing this Movember?

Ka kite,



Kereama Carmody is the resident wellbeing coach for Master Plumbers members and Masterlink apprentices.

Kereama is a registered social worker with extensive experience working in mental health and the alcohol and drug treatment field. He is passionate about wellbeing in the workplace and helping people develop the strategies and tools to stay well and healthy.

He is on hand to assist with:

  • Communicating with staff about difficulties affecting work and home
  • Helping navigate struggles with substance abuse
  • Resources for creating simple wellbeing practices at work
  • Tips on how to build supportive relationships among your team
  • General queries within the wellbeing space.

Find out how to contact Kereama.