Just wanted to put a link dump as to why I'm supporting Movember.
This is in addition to the fact that I'm going to be donating (up to my goal of $500) a matching donation to whatever I raise for Movember to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The Movember Foundation has 3 main pillars:
- Testicular Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Men's Mental Health/Suicide Prevention
Some notes about the Physical Health thing:
- Cleveland Clinic's survey findings found that 61% of men neglect visiting doctors even when they need to go.
- ... 53% do not do testicular self-exams
- ... 56% keep health concerns to themselves and don't share them with anyone (not partners, not friends)
- Life expectancy for men is 5 years lower than women in the US (CDC US Health Findings)
- Conversations from the WHO regarding a "men's health gap" (I'll touch on this later)
- AFSP says that on average there are 129 suicides per day in the US.
- Of those, 69.97% are white men.
- In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54x more often than women in the US.
- And worldwide, 3 out of 4 suicides are men
Anyway, these are the reasons there's a need. So what does Movember do about it?
- Awareness: The movember thing I'm currently doing (much to most folks' chagrin--this mustache looks horrible), as well as advertising and health literacy campaigns for men's health.
- Research/Donations: Movember has partnered with 20 different men's health partners, over 20 countries, and funded over 1,250 projects to further the awareness and positive outcomes of the four pillars.
- CharityNavigator Rating for Movember Foundation
- Additionally, with my matching donation for ASFP, CharityNavigator Rating for AFSP
The link to my donation page is here: https://mobro.co/ria