It’s the last day of Movember, and in classic Sara fashion, I’m getting this in at the very last possible minute. I won’t bother you with a long post. Day 30 of Movember is like Friday afternoon at the office. It’s hard to keep people’s attention.
Movember has evolved from fundraising for prostate cancer exclusively, to taking on the equally worthy cause of men’s mental health. Many people before me have posted eloquent reasons why you would donate to said causes, so I won’t repeat.
I will say this, however.
If you are a dude (or a former dude who still has a prostate), and have symptoms of physical or mental health problems, please go get checked. See your doctor, naturopath, shaman, therapist, or healer of your choice. Make the appointment and show up for it. Commit, dammit. You are too important to the rest of us to not take care of yourself. No one looks forward to being poked and prodded by a gloved finger, but it’s a hell of a lot easier and more fleeting than chemo or surgery. No one likes to admit they’re having dark thoughts, or feeling hopeless, or violent, or empty…but it happens. And it happens a lot. And it’s ok. It can also get better.
Mental health is as important as physical health. Ignoring a severe depression is like ignoring a lump in your tender parts. Yeah, you might be ok if you just wait for it to go away, or it might kill you. If the latter applies, you (and we) will be kicking your spectral ass for not going to the doctor. A simple act that can save lives (yours) and improve the lives of others (the people in your life who give a damn). And the more people who report symptoms, the better these illnesses are understood. And the easier they will be to beat. For us, for you, for your sons, and all sons to come…
Now that I’ve got you all riled up, feel free to drop a handful of change into the the Bloggers for Movember pot. I’d pass my hat around, but then my head would get cold.