Eleven days ago On November 1st I went to Best Barber in NY and shaved my beard for the first time since…..actually it was the first time I ever shaved my beard. I was very reluctant and even after shaving was not sure I was going to fully participate in the campaign. After deep thought and a few discussions I decided to jump in, full force. The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives.
My charge over the next 19 days is to grow a mustache and raise funds that will support Men’s Health. Movember as a foundation focuses on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Of these I am choosing to be a champion for Mental Health and Well-being. I will post articles, lead discussions and encourage others to think about Men’s Mental Health and Well-being. This theme cuts across my life both professionally and personally (more on this later). I helped Prevention Institute launch the Making Connections Initiative this past summer which focuses on community solutions to Mental Health and Well-being outcomes for Boys and Men. Personally I started out on my own journey many years ago but in the past year have recommitted to my own Well-being and development as a man.
The way that I (and all of us) show up in the world is influenced by our experiences across our life, inclusive of the places we’ve been and the individuals we have interacted with. I have been challenged and supported by a wide network of people and understand that this is not the norm for some men. A large portion of the individuals in America are left to deal with Mental Health issues in isolation of a community (about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year). Veterans in particular are a group that deserves mentioning here, in addition to other vulnerable populations. While treatment is import, I am a believer in Primary Prevention and know that support systems can prevent individuals from needing treatment altogether.
If this topic speaks to you or someone in your life please share and contribute to the discussion.
Most importantly, wish me luck in growing a mustache……….
I, too, am Movember.