18 November 2011

Movember: where your money is going (Part 2)

Paraglider with mo-shaped shute

Behind the mo lies a serious message: donate to improve men’s health. Image: Movember Wing by Jarmo Ollikainen.

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Did you know that one in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime? This Movember, find out why beyondblue is a worthy recipient of your generosity.

The next time you are in a public place, take a good look around you. With 1 million Australian adults living with depression each year, there is a chance that the person who just brushed past you is living with depression, or possibly at risk.

Since November 1, RMIT has been raising awareness and funds for two of the biggest issues that men face: depression and prostate cancer. As one in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime, it’s a cause worth fighting for. Who knows, that one person might be someone you know—a family member, a classmate, a friend or neighbour.

The Better Health Channel states that depression in men is less likely to be detected than women for two main reasons:

1)men are less likely to discuss, or seek treatment for, their health problems;

2)men are more likely to turn to alcohol and drugs to mask the symptoms.

Targeting depression with Movember

In 2010, the Movember Foundation committed 41% of its donations to beyondblue, the national depression initiative. The following initiatives were made possible as a result of your generosity:

  • the info line (1300 22 4636): a 24-hour telephone service providing information about depression and anxiety
  • National Workplace Program: targeting community partners and participants with information about health and wellbeing messages at their workplace
  • Hey Day: a booklet targeting men who are about to become first-time fathers, recognising the emotional impact fatherhood can have on men
  • Indigenous Hip Hop projects: workshops that communicate beyondblue messages to young indigenous children in the Katherine region of Northern Territory
  • The Shed – a website where guys can get together and talk about ‘whatever’.

How you can help

To donate to Movember, visit Team RMIT University’s Mo Space. While you are there, find out where RMIT sits on the Uni Challenge leaderboard .

If you have not been feeling like yourself lately, or know someone who is suffering in silence, contact your doctor or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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