November is here and it’s time to focus on men’s health!
Many people now know November as ‘Movember’, a month in which people around the world are encouraged to grow a moustache over the next 30 days! The aim of this worldwide campaign, started in 2003, is to raise awareness of men’s health and to support projects addressing testicular and prostate cancer, men’s mental health, suicide prevention and lots more. The ultimate goal is for more men to live happier, healthier and longer lives!
November is a time to have an honest conversation about men’s health. Here are a few facts highlighting why it’s so important to cast a light on men’s mental and physical health, and encourage a change in attitude towards having open conversations and seeking help.
- Middle aged men are twice more likely to have diabetes than women.
- On average, one in five men die before the age of 65.
- Men are far less likely to visit the doctor than women.
- 75% of premature deaths from heart disease are male.
- Four in five suicides are by men. Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35.
Raising awareness is essential in encouraging a better understanding of men’s health. It has the ability to create lasting change by challenging common stereotypes, stigma and the silence that so often surrounds the issue.
Brighton and Hove libraries are excited to be involved this year! Whilst not all of us may be able to grow the perfect ‘tache to show our commitment, we are most definitely invested in spreading the word and raising awareness in the community!
We’ve created displays at Jubilee Library consisting of fiction and non-fiction stock, so come and check them out!
Also included are books from our Reading Well, Books on Prescription collection, titles which have been recommended by health professionals to assist in the treatment of health conditions. Just look out for the red BOP label. To view the Reading well catalogue and suggested reading list click here http://reading-well.org.uk/books
All of our libraries across the city have a health information section, with leaflets and handbooks to browse. We also have plenty of books for you to take home and read which can be found on our catalogue www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries
If you can’t grow a ‘tache, do not fear! There are still plenty of ways to get involved in raising awareness. Visit the official Movember charity website for some inspiration www.movember.com and make sure to use the hashtag #movember to show your support across social media!
Thanks for reading!