Movember might seem exclusively like a men-only initiative—after all, for years the charity spoke only to those who could grow facial hair—but the impact of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health is far wider-reaching than one gender.
If you have a husband, boyfriend, brother, father, or guy friend, the latest statistics are enough to make you want to take action: Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men. A massive one in four adults in the U.S. will struggle with a mental health problem in any given year. And, possibly the most chilling, three of every four suicides are men.
"We need everyone to get behind this movement and let all guys know it's okay to ask for help. Men are dying too young," says British actor and Movember ambassador Barry Sloane, who lost his grandfather to mental health issues. "I lost my grandfather to suicide, and the impact of that has had a ripple effect throughout the whole family. [If] I can be a small part of someone having the courage to speak up, that would make me very happy," he tells MyDomaine.
This year, the charity is speaking to men and women to get involved in a monthlong initiative to raise funds for men's health programs. No, you don't need a mustache to get involved in Movember and support the guys in your life. Here, Sloane shares four easy ways to show your support, regardless of your gender:
"My wife, Katy, and I are participating together through Move!" says Sloane, which involves defining your own exercise or activity goals. "We're committing to doing physical activity throughout the month. It's a great way for us to stay healthy and spend extra time together."
You don't have to work out or grow facial hair to get involved. This year, Movember is encouraging people to hold an event to raise money and create awareness among friends—and the submissions so far are hilarious and wide-ranging. One event that Sloane names as a favorite is Bowlvember, a bowling tournament in the name of improving men's health.
If you've been thinking about tackling a big physical challenge, now is your chance. Set yourself a tough goal like running a marathon, and ask friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor you to achieve it.
Counting down the days until your S.O. shaves off his facial hair? Throw a celebration to mark the end of Movember, and invite friends and family over to bid on who gets to shave off his 'stache.