This month’s RTNT show was in support of Movember’s movement towards increasing awareness about men’s health. Movember is the annual event involving growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention. The show featured Frank, a student, and Mitch Hermansen, the Development Director at Movember Canada in separate interviews.
First up, Richard, from RTNT, interviewed Frank, a Neuroscience student from the University of Toronto. Frank is involved at Progress Place for a Health and Wellness Initiative as a student placement. Frank discussed neuroscience and the growing awareness in men’s mental health.
In the next interview, we heard RTNT’s Bobby interview Mitch Hermansen, the Development Director at Movember Canada who called in via Skype from British Columbia!
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They understand what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. The Movember Foundation continuously challenges the status quo and invests quickly in what works. In 15 years they’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. Six out of ten suicides are men. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone. Movember Canada is working towards a world where men and boys take action to be mentally healthy and well, and are supported by their friends, family and community during tough times.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact 911 for immediate help. If you live in Ontario and are thinking about suicide, please call 416-408-HELP. For friends or family who suspect someone who needs suicide prevention please visit ontariosuicidepreventionnetwork.ca or your local emergency services.
For those outside Ontario please visit International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Crisis Centres at www.iasp.info
This episode originally aired on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 on CJRU 1280AM and cjru.ca.
More information about Movember Canada can be found: ca.movember.com/?home
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