Movember celebrates joint awareness campaign with Hilinski’s Hope to help change the face of men’s mental health in November
MOVEMBER IS BACK FOR MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH & COLLEGE STUDENTS
This November, Movember returns with its annual month-long fundraiser challenging men across the US to grow a moustache, raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues including men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.
With today’s increased importance around mental health, Movember joins forces with Hilinski’s Hope (H3H) which was founded in 2018 by Kym and Mark Hilinski to honor the life of their son, Tyler. H3H helps colleges and universities save lives, eliminate stigma, and scale mental wellness programs for student athletes.
In the US, the stats around mental health are staggering:
- 3 out of 4 suicides are by men in the US
- Each year 36,700 men die by suicide in the US
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death of men ages 10-34
- 26 percent of adults between the ages of 18-25 experienced a mental illness during the past year
- Only half of young adults age 18-25 with a major depressive episode within the past year received treatment
To help support the mental health awareness campaign, college students, staff and fans can participate by:
- Growing a Moustache – Everyone who is planning to join Movember should sign up and join their university network at movember.com and start with a clean-shaven face on Friday, November 1. After that, it’s as simple as letting their moustache grow for the rest of the month to spark intentional conversations. Those taking part can ask friends, family, or teammates to back their Mo by donating to their Mo Space page on Movember.com. Funds will be invested in these key areas: mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. To learn more other ways to support Movember and men’s health, visit www.movember.com.
- Raising Three Fingers – In addition to engaging in one of the Movember programs, everyone can raise three fingers to the sky during the first play of the third quarter at your local college football game. This action began as a tribute from University of South Carolina’s quarterback Ryan Hilinski to his brother, and it has since been embraced by students across the country to eliminate the mental health stigma by raising awareness and sparking conversations.
Movember is the leading charity dedicated to changing the face of men’s health in the US and around
the world. The charity recognizes that globally, men are dying six years earlier than women due to
common health issues such as mental health and suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Movember is aiming to reduce the number of men dying too young by 25 percent by 2030.
Tips to end the mental health stigma
Ending the mental health stigma can make it normal and acceptable to…
…talk to friends, teammates, and coaches about how you are feeling
…ask for help, even when there is pressure to be strong and independent
…know how to reach out others who seem like they might be struggling
…be unafraid to acknowledge someone else’s pain
…speak to a mental health professional, even before you need the help
…when talking with your friends, think A.L.E.C (Ask, Listen, Encourage Action and Check-In)
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To learn more about H3H please visit www.hilinskishope.org
For more information on H3H please contact [email protected]
Movember is the leading global men’s health charity. The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay
healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more
open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives.
The charity’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. To donate or learn
more, please visit Movember.com.
About Hilinski’s Hope:
The Hilinski’s Hope Foundation (H3H) was founded in 2018 by Mark and Kym Hilinski to honor the life of their son Tyler. H3H helps colleges and universities save lives, eliminate stigma, and scale mental wellness programs for student athletes. H3H does this by sharing Tyler’s story, connecting students with mental health resources, and assisting universities to institutionalize best practices.
H3H envisions a world where mental health is supported in parity with physical health and equally prioritized by universities as connected to athletic performance. To learn more about H3H please visit www.hilinskishope.org