Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


Why mental health?

The results of poor mental health can be deadly. Globally, a man dies every minute from suicide. Men, regardless of age group, often don't recognise when they’re experiencing a mental health issue, and may not be comfortable asking for help. The uncomfortable truth is that some stereotypical forms of masculinity are killing men.


How we're helping men be mentally healthy

We’re committed to looking at the issue of mental health through a male lens and ensuring that the programmes we fund and support are tailored towards men. We're funding initiatives that:

1. Develop successful, scalable models to improve the mental health and wellbeing of men.


2. Challenge the negative aspects of masculinity and the impact this can have on mental health.


3. Encourage men to stay connected with friends and family.



4. Bring conversations about mental health out of the health system (E.g. into sporting clubs or workplaces).


Download our full funding strategy (English only PDF)


Investing in mental health initiatives

In 2006 the Movember Foundation began funding men’s mental health programmes in Australia. New Zealand was added in 2008. In 2013 this work was expanded to include programmes in Canada, USA and the UK. In each case we conducted detailed analyses on the landscape of mental health of men and boys in that country.

We believe in global collaboration to create a positive change in attitudes towards mental health and will continue to seek new funding opportunities that benefit men’s and boys’ mental health.


Projects around the world

We’re reaching men all over the world, promoting healthy actions and behaviour.

Movember Conversations

Movember aims to provide university students and workplace employees the confidence, knowledge and skills to have meaningful mental health conversations with the men in their lives. Movember Conversations is currently in an implementation phase within the USA, UK and Australia. 
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Social Innovators Challenge

The Social Innovators Challenge funds creative programs aimed at restoring and strengthening the social connections of men, particularly those at risk for loneliness and isolation.  Current funding supports the scaling and piloting of innovative projects in three markets:  Australia, Canada and the UK. 
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Making Connections Initiative

With the help of Movember, five community-based coalitions are working with either men and boys of colour, or military service members, veterans, and their families, in rural and urban communities throughout the United States. This work involves connecting with men and boys in places where they spend time, through activities that they enjoy. Key to the initiative is helping men and boys cope with trauma and stress by strengthening social connections.
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Farmers put others first, at the risk of their own mental health. We’re tackling this head-on by providing them with information on their wellbeing and quality of life in a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and leading rural insurer FMG.
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WELL BEINGS is a major public media project produced by PBS station WETA to raise awareness about youth mental health and to reduce stigma and other barriers to seeking care. Movember is a proud sponsor of the initiative which will reach millions of Americans via radio and digital content, an engagement tour in 24 cities across the nation, educational resources, and featuring a documentary airing nationwide on PBS in spring 2022. 
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View all mental health programmes (English only)