LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Movember Foundation, is the only global charity focused solely on men's health, investing in programs to address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Today, the Foundation, is sparking conversations on World Suicide Prevention Day, observed on September 10th, to generate awareness around the concerning rates of male suicide and the associated mental health and social issues.
Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high. Half a million men every year take their own life, one every minute. In the US, more than three times as many men as women die by suicide. Too many men are 'toughing it out,' not expressing their feelings and as a result, struggling alone with their issues.
"Suicide is a public health crisis among men that deserves attention, and it's the mission of the Movember Foundation to make sure male suicide prevention becomes a global priority," says Mark Hedstrom, SVP of Global Operations at the Movember Foundation. "Conversations between men strengthen their connections and improve their mental health, and we hope that this campaign around World Suicide Prevention Day will inspire men to break their silence and talk."
The 'Suicide Notes Talk Too Late' campaign support's the Movember Foundation's mental health and suicide prevention strategic approach – inspiring men to reach out, particularly during times of change and when things get tough, to take action sooner rather than later.
The Movember Foundation's funded report on the mental health landscape titled 'Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys in the US' confirms that mental health problems are pervasive and extensive and that improving social connections can significantly improve mental health, and reduce the risk of suicide.
As a result of these findings, the Movember Foundation, in partnership with the Prevention Institute, have co-created Making Connections to fund mental health focused programs across 16 communities in the US, with two of the organizations – Hope Health Inc. in Florence, SC and United Women's of East African Support Team in San Diego, CA directly focusing on implementing suicide prevention initiatives.
Supporters can help make a difference by sharing the 'Suicide Notes Talk Too Late' video through their social networks and visiting Movember.com for to learn more about mental health resources.
About the Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men's health. The Foundation raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier, and longer lives. Awareness and fundraising activities are run year-round by the Foundation, with the annual Movember campaign being globally recognized for its fun, disruptive approach to fundraising and getting men to take action for their health. During Movember, men are challenged to grow a moustache, and men and women can be physically active and move or host a fundraising event. Not only do these commitments raise vital funds, they also generate powerful and often life-changing conversations. Millions have joined the movement to disrupt the status quo, raising $710M and funding over 1,000 programs focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
The Foundation's vision is to have an everlasting impact on men's health.
Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past four years, has been named a Top 100 best NGO by The Global Journal. For more information please visit Movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
SOURCE The Movember Foundation