NDGAI has spoken recently about the importance of good mental wellbeing, stress awareness, especially last month, as October was Mental Health Awareness month. Now we are into November, we want to help raise awareness for the charity Movember, which was set up to put the spotlight on Men’s Health.
Movember focuses on prevention, early intervention and health promotion. The charity supports Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer. They are working towards a world where men proactively take action to be mentally well and are supported by those around them.
The charity exists to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives. Through funding, research and expert professionals joining projects, the charity has fundamentally changed the way men are treated and supported. Community campaigns have helped to encourage millions of young men to talk about their mental health.
Did you know?
- Men die on average 5 years earlier than women for largely preventable reasons.
- Globally, on average 1 man dies by suicide every minute of every day.
Sadly, there is no one size fits all solution, and this is why it is so important that we continue to educate men and boys to stay mentally healthy throughout their day to day lives. Sometimes we don’t bother to talk about those things that are bothering us, because we don’t want to burden people. However, by sharing those conversations you may actually be helping someone else to also come forward and open up about their troubles too!
We decided to challenge some of the men in the NDGAI team with a conversation starter!
We asked them to share something that we wouldn’t have known before…
Here is what they had to say:
Nigel Gittins CEO: I have learned that time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana!
Lee Trueman Commercial Director: My favourite dinosaur is the pachycephalosaurus. It’s very important to have a favourite dinosaur when you have children!
Marcus Durham Business Development Executive: My favourite way to freak people out is by shaking my eyeballs from side to side…
Rodrigo Pinheiro Data Science Director: I pursued my passion so that I never have to work a day in my life…
Richard Ward Chief Information Officer: The day after climbing Ben Nevis I ate 12 Weetabix for breakfast, in one serving!
Sohail Iqbal IT Services Manager: I was once able to do 120 pushups in one go, I then fractured both my wrists by falling from a tree and I couldn’t do any, or pick up any weight. Today, I have recovered and feel stronger. Two points to take away from this. #1 Time heals. #2 Don’t be silly and fall off trees.
We hope that our little challenge has inspired you to challenge your own workforce this month. There are lots of ways you can get involved with Movember, so please take a look at the website below.
By 2030 Movember aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
We hope to help be a part of that reduction figure by encouraging men to talk about mental health openly and more often.