Newquay Tretherras will once again be encouraging staff and students to grow a Mo and become a Mo Bro in support of Men’s Health for Movember 2017.
Traditionally, Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer, other male cancers, mental health issues and support important links with associated charities, such as CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably).
This year Newquay Tretherras has given particular attention to raising funds and awareness towards CALM, whilst male staff will also grow Mo’s and hold Mo-ssemblies to raise awareness among the students at our school.
Three members of staff have decided that they particularly want to focus on the mental health issues often experienced by men, and the link with the worryingly high numbers of men who take their own lives. Movember and CALM suggest that there is enough evidence to indicate that suicide is now the biggest single cause of death in men under the age of 49, even when compared with things like cancer or heart disease.
Mr Grahaeme Jones, Mr Dave Nicholls and Mr Jake Blum want to raise awareness of this worrying issue, and raise funds for Movember and CALM, by taking on a personal challenge of 12 fundraising walks around Newquay and other parts of Cornwall, including the South West Coast Path, called “Walk This Way”. They are going to undertake a 12 mile walk every month starting on 25th November 2017 and finishing with a 24hour walk in November 2018.
The team has established a Just Giving fundraising page, and donations will be divided between Movember and CALM. More information about “Walk This Way” can be found on their just giving page www.justgiving.com/companyteams/Walk-This-Way and updates can be expected on the Newquay Tretherras Wellbeing Facebook page.
Mr Grahaeme Jones, who is Lead Teacher of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural studies, said: “The evidence suggests that we are in the middle of a mental health crisis, for both men and women, but it is particularly important for men to start talking about it. Whether it is a physical issue, such as prostate cancer, or a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, we need to encourage all men to share their concerns and seek professional medical help. Our “Walk This Way” project is dedicated to getting these conversations started so please support us, join us for a walk and come talk to us.”