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Grow your Mo for a good cause!

Growing a mustache can be more than a facial fashion statement; it can also be a powerful way to raise awareness around essential Men's health matters during the month of "Movember."

A lego man with a mustache
Anyone can take part in Movember!

Movember is an annual global campaign taking place every November, focused on raising awareness and funds around three critical areas of Men's Health - Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health & suicide prevention.

This is important as 75% of suicides are committed by men, and prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide.

So how can your organization participate in this significant movement?

Here are three engaging ideas to consider.

1. Download the app!

Encourage employees to download and sign up on the Movember app, available on Android and iOS. Members can share their mustache-growing progress through animated gifs, complete challenges, or create events to raise donations - all done seamlessly through the app.

Alternatively, you can run a month-long mustache-growing competition. Get everyone involved at the end of the month by voting for the most impressive mustache and award the winner a certificate or small reward.

Did I hear someone say, "Movember Runway??". Create mustache categories that entrants can compete in such as the most colorful, the most elaborate and the most creative. Sell tickets for donations, and proceeds can be donated to a men's health charity.

Download the app here:

2. Normalize Mental Health Conversations

There are many reasons why men don't talk about their mental health. The fear of burdening others, living up to perceived expectations, appearing to be "weak," or just avoiding the awkwardness of it all - to name a few.

Make time to have one-on-one check-ins with your team members, allowing them to open up about any matters that are concerning them.

Before the conversation opens up, it is critical to reiterate confidentiality and non-judgment. Your role here is it listen and support, not provide all of the answers. Choose an appropriate time and location, ask open questions and encourage a problem-solving attitude by asking questions such as "what needs to change?" or "what would make you feel better about that?". Follow up on any concerns at an agreed time regularly.

In addition, as a leader or advocate, make it a point to regularly inform your team about what mental health resources are available and how they can access them.

Services can also be communicated through posters in communal areas and company newsletters.

3. Make an Event of it!

Finally, consider hosting a team event that everyone can be involved in, for example, a mustache-themed trivia night. These can be conducted both physically and virtually. Entrants can participate for a donation and be in to win spot prizes such as a free lunch, time off, or company-branded merchandise.

Online tools such as Quizizz and Kahoot have many quizzes to choose from and allow participants to interact using their mobile phones. You can also add pictures of employees who have grown mustaches over the month and get the team to vote on their favorite one!

Man with a moustache and a pink t-shirt.
Who grew it best?

Whatever you choose to do, remember that health and wellbeing should be a priority throughout the year, not just during a specific month or campaign. Organizations that prioritize the health and wellbeing of their employees have a more productive, engaged and happier population.

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