Movember is good for your mental health and wellbeing

Movember is good for your mental health and wellbeing

Men who take part in Movember’s annual fundraising campaign are more likely to report better mental health and wellbeing than the general male population, new research shows.

A study released today shows that Movember supporters – known as Mo Bros – score more highly than the general male population across a range of mental wellbeing indicators, including having lower levels of negative mental wellbeing and higher levels of eudaimonic wellbeing (living a life with purpose).

The survey of 2,767 British men, commissioned by Movember compared Movember’s database of fundraisers with a nationally representative sample of the general male population online (sampled by YouGov). It also found that Movember fundraisers are more likely to admit when they are struggling with their mental health and to seek help when they need it – which can have a positive impact on overall wellbeing.

In the last year, almost half (45.8%) of Mo Bros said they had confided in a friend about their problems compared with 19.3% from the general male population (that had confided with a friend, colleague or family member)

Michelle Terry, CEO of Movember, said:We know many guys struggle with their mental health and when it comes to suicide, men are disproportionately impacted, accounting for three out of four people who take their own lives.

“There is evidence to show that having strong social connections can have a protective effect against poor mental health – that’s why we ask men to spend quality time with their friends and reach out and speak to someone if they are struggling.

“It’s extremely encouraging to see that our fundraising community have taken this message on board, especially during the uncertain times we’re living in.”

“We want them to carry on spreading the word that spending time with your [mates/friends], talking more often and talking openly with someone you trust is good for your mental health.”

The results also showed that Movember supporters tend to be more physically active, better understand the risk factors for prostate cancer and are more likely to carry out testicular self-examination checks than those who did not take part in the campaign.

Over a third (37.2%) of Mo Bros exercised at least 20 times in the last month (compared with 25.8% of the general male population who say they have been physically active for 30 minutes or more, more than 20 times).

Over a quarter (27%) of Mo Bros over the age of 45 have spoken to their doctor (or other healthcare professional) about their prostate cancer risk in the past year, compared with just 12% of 45s and over in the general male population).

Among the under 45s, eight out of 10 (81%) of Mo Bros have checked their testicles at least once in the last year, compared with 40% of the general male population sample.

“These results confirm that being part of the Movember community really is good for your health,” said Michelle Terry. “It’s not just the feel-good factor you get from helping others around you, making a few small changes can have a real impact on your own physical and mental health.

“It’s been a really tough year – heightened by the pressures of the pandemic – so we want as many men as possible to join our fight for men’s health. It’s time to have fun, do good and improve your health at the same time.”

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