This year EUSC has participated in Movember, and committed. As a club we exceeded our target and successfully raised £1,509 and collectively ran 1200 km!!! Some individuals running half marathons like it’s easy 👀 Massive thank you and congratulations to those who participated this month. Here are a couple testimonies of team members sharing their motivations, experience and challenges throughout this month:
I decided to participate in Move for Movember this year for a couple of reasons. Firstly, to help raise money and awareness about men’s mental health. In the UK suicide is the most common cause of death for men under 50, which is incredibly sad. This is due to stigma around men struggling with mental health which makes it even harder for them to open up/ get help. This year has impacted everyone’s mental health to some extent so it’s more important than ever to get people (especially men) talking about mental health and seeking support if needed.
The other reason I did this challenge was for my own mental health. Running is not something I’m particularly fond of, but having a goal and working towards it gave me a sense of achievement which definitely helped me cope with lockdown 2.0. However, one thing I’ve learnt from running over 200km this month is that you can’t outrun your problems. Even though I’ve completed a couple of half marathons, the biggest challenge and the thing I’m most proud of is finally seeking professional help. Opening up – whether it’s to a family member, a close friend or a professional – is hard but it’s the best thing you can do for your mental health. Please check in with your mates and also reach out if you’re struggling!
It’s okay not to be okay.
My main motivation for doing something to raise money for Movember this year was the importance of raising awareness of men’s mental health. Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 which is a shocking statistic. I’ve got 3 older brothers and am very close with my dad and would hate to see them struggle like many do. Those of you that know me know how much I love a drink, so the prospect of giving it up for a month at uni was a big one! I’m so glad that I’ve done it and raised money for such a good cause! Thank you to everyone who has donated! Stay safe xx