These are turbulent times, no doubt about it. Every day, we all face new challenges navigating the world of COVID-19. Some of the ways we used to catch up have changed. That doesn’t mean our relationships have to. Communication and connection are more important now than ever.
Even if it feels a bit awkward, we need to pick up the phone and call our friends – especially if we know someone who might be struggling. It can be hard to know what to say, and that’s where Movember Conversations comes in.
Developed by mental health experts and funded by Movember, Movember Conversations is an online tool for those who want to feel more confident and informed when navigating an important conversation with a friend who might be struggling. Using multiple choice, Movember Conversations guides you through typical scenarios, teaching the kind of conversational prompts and responses that help to open up a conversation and keep it flowing meaningfully.
Not at all. But research tells us that men often don’t reach out for help when they need it, or they find it difficult to know what to say when reaching out to a friend in need. Men’s mental health is one of Movember’s key focus areas, and our research and collaboration with mental health experts over many years informed the development of Movember Conversations.
It’s not always easy starting a conversation with a friend about relationship issues, job loss, fatherhood-related anxiety, financial stress or mental health issues. It’s hard to know where to start or what to say. And so Movember Conversations has been designed to give us the confidence and skills to approach a difficult conversation.
Reaching out to our friends, and not shying away from a tough conversation is key to helping men stay mentally healthy. It’s also crucial in building and maintaining strong social connections and empowering men to take action early when times are tough.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. We look at mental health through a male lens, focusing on prevention, early intervention and health promotion. When it comes to getting men to open up, we know what works – and what doesn’t.
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Huge thanks to R U OK? for creating the ALEC guide featured as part of Movember Conversations.
Subject matter and clinical review was provided by the following international experts:
Dr. Ingrid Cranston
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Dr. David H. Demmer
Prof. Mark Dadds
University of Sydney
Prof. David Gunnell
University of Bristol
Dr. Peter Levesque
Member of Movember's Global Advisory Committee
Dr. Zac Seidler
Director of Mental Health Training, Movember
Movember Conversations is regularly reviewed by our qualified subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and alignment with the latest clinical evidence.
The content on this website is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for advice from an appropriately qualified health care professional, who can determine your individual needs.