It has been rare for the ProcrastiNation folks to dip the pen and get serious here on our blog over the first year. We’ve had Scors get serious and honest in his conversations about his bouts with alcoholism. Early on in the pandemic, I wrote about our struggles as a young sports blog working through COVID-19. Now, I write to you with a topic near and dear to Scors and I, men’s mental health.
Every single minute, we lose a man to suicide. 60 men every single hour. That’s 1,440 men every single day who pass away from suicide. We are living in the midst of a men’s mental health pandemic.
For as long as there have been men, there have been men who would rather handle problems internally than going to a therapist. I get it! I did it for a long time! You don’t want to burden others with your problems. They’re your problems. You don’t know how to talk to a therapist or what kind of therapy you would like. It’s expensive. These are all the same lies I told myself before seeking my own therapy.
It isn’t a defeat to speak to someone about your problems. It doesn’t make you less of a man to have anxiety or depression. This is simply how your brain and emotional responses are wired. No one would think you less of a man for being genetically predisposed to cancer or diabetes would they?
Movember is all about men’s health. From testicular cancer checks to prostate health, and now the people at Movember have a mental health component, and they’ve expanded beyond the grow a mustache phase. You can now register to run 60 miles in the month of November. One mile for each man we lose each hour to suicide.
Scors and I will be attempting the 60 miles this month. I’ve been running to cope with my own anxiety disorder since last year. I’ll be chronicling my own efforts to run the 60 miles in weekly wrap-ups here on the blog as well as daily on the ProcrastiNation Instagram account. You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.
Most importantly, you can donate to the cause by taking a picture of the QR code above. Or by following this link. Thank you for your support in this highly important venture.