Book male mental health speakers for this Movember – In the last ten years, working-age men have consistently experienced the highest suicide rates annually. It is crucial for employers to establish a secure work environment that offers comprehensive mental and physical health assistance to their employees. We have a substantial roster of male mental health advocates ready to openly discuss their personal journeys involving mental well-being, thoughts of self-harm, and physical health challenges like suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
In addition to hiring a male mental health speaker to enlighten your audience there are many ways you can get involved in Movember. The UK MOVEMBER website in particular has a number of resources and ideas about raising funds and awareness.
There’s the high-profile Grow a Moustache, Move for Mental Health, Host a Mo-Ment and Mo Your Own Way are just some of the ideas with comprehensive resources. Here’s a link to the superb Core Fundraising Guide
Breaking the Stigma: Men often find it difficult to talk openly about their mental health. Especially with the toxic stigma that views men as ‘weak’ for discussing their feelings. The presence of a male mental health speaker can help break down the stigma surrounding men’s emotional struggles. By sharing personal stories and experiences, these speakers can inspire others to open up and seek help when needed. Andrew Pain’s keynote talk ‘Domestic Violence Isn’t Gendered’ is a great example of how important it is to break the stigma around men’s mental health.
Relatability: A male mental health speaker can connect with the audience on a personal level, as they have experienced the same struggles. This relatability can make the message more impactful and encourage individuals to take their mental well-being seriously. Speaker Ben Smith is a great example of this – being bullied caused his Ben’s confident to dwindle. This had a massive effect on his mental health and the choices he made when it came to lifestyle and diet were pretty poor. By the time he was 29, Ben weighed a 17 stone and suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack, otherwise known as an incomplete stroke – this gave him the push he needed to change the way he lived his life.
Ben’s talk titled ‘Happiness’ which addressed how he changed his life through an improved mindset, which you can watch here.
Raising Awareness: Hiring a male mental health speaker during Movember can significantly contribute to raising awareness about the importance of men’s health. Their speeches can reach a broad audience and initiate important conversations that may not have otherwise taken place – and there’s no better speaker than Clive Branson to showcase this point… Clive Branson is an inspirational speaker who shares his journey of grief, loss and illness and how he came back from a very dark place and is now able to support others deal with their mental health challenges, teaching them to surrender to their vulnerabilities rather than hide from them.
Providing Resources: Male mental health speakers can offer valuable insights into available resources and support networks. They can guide individuals towards the help they need, whether it’s counselling, support groups, or other mental health services. Mark Lemon lost his father at just 12 years old; as an adult Mark has dedicated his life to helping adults and children come to terms with their grief and the effect it has on mental health. Mark’s also written books inspired by his own experience to help children who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and even hosts a podcast on dealing with grief and childhood trauma.
Encouraging Self-Care: Male mental health speakers often emphasize the importance of self-care and stress management. Alex Staniforth is a speaker who embodies this message. Having suffered from anxiety and an eating disorder, Alex uses the great outdoors to inspire others and empower people to prioritize themselves
Sharing Personal Stories: These speakers are willing to share their personal journeys, including their experiences with mental health challenges, suicidal thoughts, and physical illnesses. In 2021, Roman Kemp‘s hard-hitting documentary about Men’s Mental Health, is a great example of how sharing personal stories can help others who are struggling with their own mental health; these stories can serve as powerful testimonials of resilience and recovery, providing hope to others.
This Movember, consider the positive impact a male mental health speaker can have on your organisation or community. By hiring one, you’re not only supporting men’s mental well-being but also helping to eradicate the stigma surrounding this crucial issue. These speakers can be powerful advocates for change, inspiring men to take charge of their mental health and seek the support they need.
At Great British Speakers, we understand that discussing the topic of Men’s Mental Health, especially in the workplace, can be tricky. But along with our professional speakers, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.