When I first set out to do Movember, I was both excited and nervous at the prospect of my new facial fuzz…
For one, my attempt to grow a moustache last year was pitiful. Secondly, as my friends would frequently remind me, every sprouting hair pushed me closer to becoming the least fashionable man in Oxford.
My motivations, however, were bigger than any fear of looking like a fool. Too many men in the UK suffer in silence with their mental health, due to social expectations of what it means to be a 'man'. The Movember Foundation aims to break down this stigma and reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030. Here's how you can help...
Here's how I got on:
DAY 30 - I made it!
Words by Fraser MacDonald-Lister
Male or female, if you suffer from mental health or suicidal thoughts you can get support from many different places:
- Nightline: is a confidential listening, support and practical information service open at night and run by students for students.
- Samaritans Helpline: is for those who are experiencing high levels of distress. Contact this 24-hour helpline on 08457 909090 or email email@example.com.
- Students Against Depression: is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.