International Men’s Day (IMD) was launched in 1999 in and now celebrated in more than 70 countries worldwide with the theme for IMD 2018 “Positive Male Role Models.”

Movember followed IMD in 2003 and since then has raised $96.6 million for men’s health issue due to the efforts of more than five million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters worldwide and a lot of facial hair.

Beginning with a ‘grow a mo’ movement as a fun way to encourage men to talk about their health Movember has now helped fund more than 1,200 men’s health projects.

This year Movember NZ has also introduced the Movember Mensus to get men ticking if not talking about their emotions and mental health through an online survey about their mental wellbeing.

Movember NZ spokesperson Robert Dunne believed Mensus is a way to firstly get men to acknowledge how they’re feeling.

“We have deliberately crafted a few laughs into some of the questions, this is based on a cultural insight that humour is a way in, to start an important conversation.

“Sometimes men aren’t even aware they’re thinking or feeling a certain way before it’s too late. Sadness, depression and anxiety sometimes creep up on us but the Mensus aims to provide New Zealand men with an opportunity to take a step back and ponder exactly how they’re feeling.

“Ultimately, we’re hoping to uncover a state of the nation… for our feelings, and give Kiwi men some useful tools for having a yarn and looking out for one another,” says Dunne.

Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, founder of International Men’s Day, from Trinidad & Tobago said observing IMD was “part of a global love revolution”.

“International Men’s Day is observed on an annual basis by persons from all walks of life, who support the ongoing effort to improve lives, heal scarred hearts, seek solutions to social problems, mend troubled minds, reform the social outcasts and uplift the dysfunctional.”

Mensus questions include:

1. How do you see yourself?

A) Bit of a dropkick B) Room for improvement, C) People seem to
like me, D) I like who I am, or E) I’m the man!

  1.  Which stresses you out the most?

A) Money, B) Work stuff, C) Health, D) The Warriors, or E) Relationships

Where to get help:

If you are worried about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Or if you need to talk to someone else:

Asian Helpline – 0800 862 342
Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (for under 18s)
What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18-year-olds 1pm–10pm weekdays and 3pm–10pm weekends)
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463
Healthline – 0800 611 116


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