“Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent,” reads the homepage of Movember’s website.

Movember is trying to change the face of men’s health, and has grown from self-professed ‘humble beginnings’ to become one of the most recognisable movements in the world. You’d be hard-pushed to find someone who isn’t aware of Movember, especially as moustaches start to appear on men’s top lips across the globe in November each year. But what is Movember? What’s it working towards? And why is it so important?

A bit of history
As with all good ideas, the Movember movement began in the pub. In 2003 two friends in Melbourne, Australia, had the idea to try to bring back the moustache. Inspired by the mo’s ability to generate conversation, the mates saw their idea develop over the next few years from a conversation-starter to an annual fundraising event, and eventually into the leading charity it is today.

The charity is changing the face of men’s health – helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives. They’re working to help fight and prevent prostate and testicular cancers, as well as working to improve men’s mental health and prevent suicide.

With prostate cancer rates set to double over the next 15 years and testicular cancer rates already having doubled in the last 50, it’s not hard to see why Movember feels men’s health is in crisis. Add to this the fact that one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, it’s clear to see that action needs to be taken.

So what are they doing?
Movember has funded over 1,250 men’s health projects across the world to help tackle preventable deaths and improve men’s health. They’ve backed education initiatives to help men spot the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, and also sponsored organisations providing support services to men fighting cancer. Movember has championed projects to help men stay healthy mentally and build strong connections so they can take action early when times are tough.

Movember fund various projects, all with the aim of reducing the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.

How can I get involved?
You can join the more than 5.5million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas by getting involved with a fundraising initiative:

  • Grow a Mo, save a bro – the tried and tested moustache growing. You can inspire donations, conversations and real change.
  • Host a Mo-ment – raise the roof with a get-together and raise much-needed funds for men’s health.
  • Make your Mo-ve – run or walk 60km over the month for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour.

If all of this has inspired you to get involved, or you’d just like to find out more, check out Movember’s website.