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Young Aussie rules players talking about mental health.
11 October 2021

10 men's health projects that your donations funded in 2021

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Movember has been changing the face of men’s health for almost two decades. In fact, we've funded more than 1,250 projects globally since we started in 2003. Our mission is to enable men to live happier, healthier, longer lives. We do this by raising much-needed funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Here are 10 men’s health projects made possible, thanks to our amazing Mo community.

Online training for therapists working with men

Movember developed Men in Mind, an online training course to help mental health professionals provide the best possible treatment to men and boys who reach out for support. The 5-7-hour training course gives therapists the skills and confidence when working with men and boys. The hope is that this will lead to more effective, engaging treatment plans for men. The course was developed by an expert team, led by Movember’s Dr Zac Seidler. Tell me more.

Funding mental health projects for vets and first responders

We’re funding projects that support the mental health and wellbeing of military veterans and first responders – two groups at increased risk of poor mental health and suicide. Projects are being funded in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the United States. Tell me more.

Improving men’s social connections

Launched in 2020, Movember’s Social Connections Challenge will identify strategies to strengthen the social connections among men who are socially isolated, particularly in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns. Movember is funding 11 projects in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Tell me more.

Mental health and wellbeing initiatives for motorcyclists

Thanks to funds raised through the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), Movember is supporting the mental health and wellbeing of motorcyclists around the world. The DGR Social Connections Challenge will support projects in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the United States that improve the social connectedness, life satisfaction and mental wellbeing of motorcyclists. Tell me more.

Building resilience on Kangaroo Island

Hundreds of young athletes on Kangaroo Island have received Movember’s Ahead of The Game mental fitness training to boost their mental wellbeing, following the devastating bushfires of 2019/20. The program is delivered by youth suicide prevention program ALIVE and is co-funded by the Minderoo Foundation. It teaches young sports players, their parents and coaches how to spot the signs of poor mental health, how to talk about mental health problems and how to seek help. Tell me more.

First precision medicine for prostate cancer approved for use in Australia

Olaparib is the world’s first precision medicine for prostate cancer and it is hoped that it will benefit up to a third of men with aggressive prostate cancer. Movember has supported the development of this groundbreaking drug since 2014. It is now approved for use in Australia. Tell me more.

Better quality of life for men with prostate cancer

The Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry Australia and New Zealand (PCOR-ANZ) collects data about the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of men with prostate cancer. The aim of the registry is to help clinicians improve the support they give to men. Tell me more.

Empowering men to be better fathers

Movember’s Family Man is the world’s first parenting program designed with dads in mind. It helps men tackle the kicking, screaming and WTF moments of being a dad. By equipping men to deal with parenting’s ups and downs, Family Man helps dads reduce stress. Tell me more.

Tackling testicular cancer with Nuts & Bolts

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men. Nuts & Bolts has been designed to provide user-friendly information and peer-to-peer support for men with testicular cancer following diagnosis, during treatment and the post-operative period.Men can also sign up to Talk to a Guide. This program buddies up men with a guy who's had testicular cancer and who, through Movember’s training, knows how to support and listen. Tell me more.

New prostate cancer treatment ‘more effective than chemo’

Movember has been supporting trials of a new type of ‘radionuclide’ therapy that is being hailed as more effective than chemotherapy for treating men with aggressive prostate cancer. Unlike conventional chemotherapy, Lu-PSMA therapy (also known as ‘theranostics’) destroys cancer cells, while minimising damage to healthy surrounding tissue. Tell me more.