The month of November kicks off Movember, a month dedicated to men’s health. This year, the Center for Health Education and Wellness is partnering up with the Interfraternity Council (IFC) to spread awareness to the UT community about the importance of mental and physical health.
The goal is to help students recognize that men’s health issues are important and how they can play a role in supporting and encouraging each other to talk openly about mental health concerns and de-stigmatize vulnerability among men.
The Movember Foundation is built on tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. The month, branded No Shame Movember, will also address prostate cancer prevention, hazing prevention, sexual health, and consent. The month aims to address these areas is to give students the knowledge to make decisions that help them achieve better health and to create a culture where men are also helping each other improve their sense of wellbeing.
“Vice President of Interfraternity Council William Prickett approached us as a student already involved with the Movember Foundation and interested in hosting events on campus. From speaking with William, it seemed he was aware of the importance of addressing men’s health issues, specifically men’s mental health,” says Bilqis Amatus-Salaam, wellness coordinator at CHEW.
Awareness months such as Movember allow offices such as CHEW to shine a spotlight on specific issues where we would like to see change. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in the United States, men are less likely to have received mental health treatment in the last year and are more likely to die by suicide than women. Men may also have a hard time establishing strong social connections and experience loneliness later in life.
We know that strong, positive social connections can help people get through tough situations and may even encourage people to seek help,” says Amatus-Salaam. “If we want to see a change in men getting help for mental health concerns, we have to create a space where we are talking about these issues and educating men on how to support one another.”
Oct. 31– Bonfire with SGA at Fiji Island, 10 p.m.
Nov. 7– Mo Bro Bash & BBQ at the Student Health Center room 206AB, 11 am – 2 p.m.
Nov. 12– Movember Fundraiser & Kickball Game at RecSports Fields, 6 p.m. All proceeds go towards the Movember Foundation
- How to sign up:
- Sign up
- Create or join a team
- Join the Campus Challenge for UTK and register the team for $150
Nov. 20– Tim Mousseau: Mo-Men-Tum, 7 – 8 p.m. Student Union Auditorium.