Macho Macho Man

Macho Macho Man
Claudette Pelletier-Hannah

I was all ears as CBC Radio’s call-in show discussed men’s mental health last Sunday. I just can’t get enough learning and discussion about health. It’s rare that men do the talking. Could this be why men die an average of six years earlier than women?

A few days later I learned from a CFL fan about a wellness campaign directed at men. Of course – it’s Movember! If you don’t already know, Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Don’t Change Much is a campaign sponsored by the CFL, Canadian Men’s Mental Health Foundation and the CFL Alumni Association to support men’s health. It promotes small changes for big wins. Halleluia!

If we have to rally around football to get men’s attention so be it. Why not? Professional athletes have health issues too, as do the armchair variety. So do CEOs, bus drivers and high school teachers.

When I have worked with men one-on-one, or in a group environment, what I’ve noticed is we’re really not so different. The really big difference is the numbers. Men represent a very small group in my client base. Even this mailout list is populated by at least 95% women.

Alright ladies and gent, we need to communicate that it’s okay to not be okay. Being a macho man is overrated. Seeking out and allowing support for mental, emotional and physical health could save a life.

To see the Don’t Change Much campaign look here. Make sure you scroll down to see the Can’t See It video.

For everything you need to know about Movember look here.