I was sitting with Michael the other day and we got to talking about November ... It's been a long month - can anyone resonate? I'm tired. We're so tired. Yet everything - campaigns, marketing, excitement is quiet. We've felt a huge decline in Movember campaigns this year. Maybe it's true, maybe it's simply how it feels, but I urge you to keep talking about men's mental health long after this month ends. The campaigns may be done when the clock strikes midnight, but the programs and organizations they support are here for you long after the music stops. Which is why, more than ever, it's so important to make sure these services are well established and have the ability to provide consistent programming. We have to support our community - anyway we can.
November slid into our lives before we knew it and men were growing their Mo's for a good cause. Although we felt an absence in the men's mental health space this month, the campaigns that are operating are so incredibly and thoughtfully curated. They're brave, vulnerable, authentic. They tell a story and open their heads and hearts so people feel less alone. Of COURSE I want to support more of that in communities across Canada!!!
These campaigns only have a few days left, a LOT of love to give, and big things ahead of them! I'm astounded at the money these initiatives have all raised in their lifetimes as advocates and this year in general - any $1 counts! Check out this year's #Movember2020 Campaigns:
I encourage you to learn more about these campaigns across Canada and within the BC Interior providing advocacy, awareness and access to mental health services for men. Stay tuned for the next (and possibly final!) blog in this series highlighting some incredible ways we can all help support Men's Mental Health!
Who are the Men's Mental Health Campaigns we should be highlighting? Leave a comment for this blog below or YAC at us firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help support their initiative!