Men's health is in a critical condition, to put it simply: men die too young. Gender is the best way to predict how healthy someone is and what their life expectancy is. This is not good news for men, because on average men around the world die 6 years earlier than women. Moreover, poor mental health affects men more often than women: three quarters of all suicides are started by men. The World Health Organization estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide worldwide every year. That's one per minute.
However, this inequality in the health of men and women receives little attention at regional, national and global levels, and is poorly respected by healthcare providers and those who make health policy. That's why the Movember Foundation focuses on men's health. Since 2004, there have been annual "Movember" events in Australia and New Zealand aimed at raising awareness of men's health, in addition to donations. For this purpose, donations are collected that benefit research via national organizations.
Michael Fischer is Country Manager Europe at the Movember Foundation. Among other things, the foundation has been organizing the most popular event in November since 2003: Men are supposed to grow a mustache to draw attention to diseases such as prostate cancer and to raise money for research. Today, Movember has long been a global movement - celebrities and celebrities from all walks of life join in. In total, the Foundation has already collected over 650 million euros.
This podcast covers the following questions:
- Why do men tend to be harder on health care than women? How can friends and family support men in this?
- Why was a mustache chosen as a symbol for Movember? How is it that this initiative attracts so much attention?
- What can men do for themselves and your health? Which help can men hope to get from Movember Foundation?