November is an important time of the year, deemed Men's Health Awareness Month, to take a moment to discuss and raise awareness regarding men's health. Over the past few years this month's aims have become increasing more important and vital to the wellbeing of the constituency.

Jon Cruddas MP commented: "These annual campaigns to raise awareness about men's health are becoming vitally important. The fact of the matter is that men are less likely to get checkups for physical ailments, or to open up about mental health concerns. It's time to start breaking down the walls of stigma, and get men talking."

There are many organizations catering to the different facets of men's health, specifically physical and mental health. When it comes to physical health, Movember is a leading global charity prioritising the funding of three of the biggest health issues faced by men, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50.

There are many ways one can get involved in Movember. Firstly, men are encouraged to grow their 'Mo' and raise funds for men's health. Secondly, everyone is encouraged to make their ‘move', and challenge themselves to get physically active and raise funds for men's health. Thirdly, anyone can host a Movember Event.

If you would like to get involved or take advantage of the different resources, please click HERE

Mental health is also a major concern not only throughout the world but also, more specifically; throughout the UK. The World Health Organization is reporting close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. More exclusively, the Samaritan Suicide Statistic Report estimated 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK as of September 2018, where UK men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women.

Jon Cruddas MP said: "Mental ill health is something that will effect one in four people over the course of their lifetime in the UK and quite frankly more needs to be done. We need to start looking at the underlying issues that lead to mental ill health and how we can tackle them."

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. CALM works to offer support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via our helpline, webchat and website. As well as challenge a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, through CALMzine and campaigns such as #ManDictionary and #BiggerIssues. Beyond that CALM is also pushing for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented, via partnerships such as The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA). Finally, they also work to support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP), hosted by CALM, which aims to ensure that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered and receives timely and appropriate support. For more information regarding CALM and available resources please click HERE

For Barking and Dagenham specific resources please check HERE

For Havering specific resources please check HERE