Movember Month

So! What is Movember month?

According to Wikipedia, Movember month is an annul event which involves the growing of a mouchstach in the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health.

The movement raises awareness on men’s health such as prostate cancer and depression.

Men’s health is one thing that has been ignored since time in memorial. The African society has defined a version of the “perfect men” and this has affected how man act and behave in society.

Men are facing a health crisis which is not being talked about in the African society. Men’s mental health in Zimbabwe is a matter of concern. Being told to be a man throughout one’s upbringing and also in adulthood reinforces the idea that men ought to be tough and deal with issues on their own. This may come as a surprise, but Zimbabwe is among the countries ranked high with suicide rates in the world.

Of importance to note, men has been identified as having the highest number of suicides in Zimbabwe. According to statistics, Zimbabwe men have committed suicide more than women with more than 2000 men commiting suicide between the years 2015 to 2019, as compared to females.

The biggest cause of men’s suicide in Zimabwe has been identified as being depression. In the years between 2015 and 2019, the trend has been showing that males were dying more by suicide contrasting with women.

Mental wellness among men has become a public health concern that begs attention, especially considering the rising cases of depression and suicide.

Movember month is the month to bring awareness to men that it is okay not to be okay and to address men’s mental health.

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