What is Movember?

Read about the Movember story: Movember| History

The month of November has been nicknamed Movember to create a focus around improving men’s health (mental health, suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer), the general message of taking care of yourself, recognising when you need help, asking for that help and (possibly most importantly) recognising when others may need help / support, too.

Typically, Movember involves people who can grow facial hair abandoning the razor/shavor for the month and showing off a funky new mustache/ beard or doing the opposite and shaving their facial hair completely and sporting the fresh baby-faced look for the month in order to raise money for mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

It doesn’t stop there, for those who don’t grow facial hair, Movember can be interpreted as ‘Move More November’, getting sponsored to do longer or more challenging walks than usual or by completing 60K throughout November in memory of the 60 men who lose their lives to suicide each hour.

R U OK? Have developed the ALEC model to help with asking about mental health:


Ask the Question, R U OK?


Listen, without judgement or distractions


Encourage Action such as speaking to family, the GP or another health professional.


Check in and see how they’re getting on after the chat.


Then, whilst we’re checking in on our friends, we should also be checking in on ourselves too!

Check Your Testicles!  Movember| Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15-39 but at greater than 95%, the odds of survival for men with testicular cancer are better than good – but for some men, long-term treatment-related side effects, mean quality of life is severely compromised. Movember UK focuses on getting these predominantly young men back to living full and healthy lives. –

Testicles self exam. Testicle cancer symptoms and monthly examination infographics. Vector icon set.I Illustration for flyers, brochures, web resources, health centers.


Prostate Cancer  Movember | Prostate Cancer

‘1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime’

1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer. If you’re over 50, if you’re black, if your dad or brother had it, you’re at even higher risk. –

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK. Globally, more than 1.4 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

Across the country, there are more than 395,000 men living with and beyond the disease. Many are dealing with serious side effects from treatment.


Visit the Movember website to see how you can get involved and help raise money.

Movember UK