The Work We Fund

Funded projects
Men's Health Partners
"We work closely with our global men's health partners to ensure collaboration, transparency and accountability for every project we fund. We monitor this through report cards which detail what we seek to achieve, key measures and the impact." - Owen Sharp, CEO
Prostate Cancer
"Together with the brightest minds in research, we aim to achieve significant breakthroughs in the hope of beating prostate cancer. Our disruptive funding approach identifies revolutionary ways to accelerate health outcomes by creating strong, global collaborative teams." Dr. Colleen Nelson, Global Scientific Chair.
Men's Health
"One Mo can help change the face of men’s health through the powerful conversations created globally during Movember. Men have the chance to confidently discuss men’s health with people around them, resulting in men taking action early, helping change and save lives." Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programs
Mental health and suicide prevention
“We’re alarmed by the increasing number of men who take their own lives around the world. We are working to ensure all men and boys look after their mental health and are comfortable to reach out to others for support when they’re struggling.” 
Craig Martin, Global Director - Mental Health & Suicide Prevention programs
Testicular Cancer
“Despite being the 2nd most common cancer in young men, testicular cancer is often a forgotten cancer due to early detection and treatment. Our projects look at underinvested areas such as improving access to healthcare services and treatment options for relapse” Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programs.

Mental Health Training Program

Movember Funding to Date

AUD 1,232,156

What we seek to achieve

The vision of this project is to be the ‘go to’ training resource for clinicians across the world seeking to: - Understand the needs and preferences of men - Train clinicians to understand the relationship between masculinity and men’s mental health - Increase the confidence and competence of clinicians in engaging with men - Improve the experience of care and outcomes for men when they take action - Provide a gate way to Movember’s other tools, resources to stay mentally health and

Implemented by
Movember Foundation
Project start date
September 2019
Project Status
In Progress

About the project

Even though the rate of men seeking psychological treatment has increased by 15% in the last 10 years, men still account for approximately 75% of suicides in our key markets. Across our key markets approximately 60% of people who complete suicide have sought treatment in the month prior to their death. This highlights that in each of our key markets many men who suicide have sought treatment in the weeks leading up to it and men specifically experience higher early dropout rates, meaning they do not get the help they need. The reason for this is that many clinicians are not provided with any training related to gender and men’s needs and preferences when engaging in help seeking which leads to lower levels of confidence and competence of clinicians in engaging with men which has an adverse impact on men’s experience of care and ultimately their health outcomes.

We know masculine norms of strength, stoicism and independence mean that some men struggle with overcoming societal and self-stigma, have difficulty recognising and communicating their symptoms and find the clinical environment foreign.
With data showing many men who suicide seek professional help in the weeks and months leading up to their death, this brief window of treatment engagement, of vulnerability, and of trust, is a critical period – and one that we must be getting right. Put simply, traditional treatment approaches are missing the mark with many men. To maximise the return on investment in encouraging men to take action when times get tough  we first need to keep them engaged in treatment. We need to leverage principles that work for men, and incorporate these into the way traditional treatments are delivered. Specifically, we need to train clinicians to provide treatment that men connect with, through a gendered-lens, to get them back on track, sooner.

The program will comprise of building the evidence base around men’s and clinicians needs and the development of a Learning Management System comprising 5 e-modules for clinicians to improve their skills in treating men. The modules will be supported by pioneering adult education theory and web-development to ensure positive engagement, high completion rates and long-term benefits of training.

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