September 9th, 2019

Man of More Words

New World Suicide Prevention Day content urges men to talk about mental health
Mental Health

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, Movember is urging men to be a Man of More Words by talking about their mental health when they’re going through tough times and experiencing mental health challenges. 

In a new series of videos and social content created with Ad Council Edge (the Ad Council's new strategic consultancy) featuring male celebrities and digital content creators who speak openly about their feelings and mental health experiences to encourage others to do the same.

"I hope that by opening up, other men will be encouraged to talk about what they’re going through,” said actor Jordan Fisher, one of the featured celebrities. “An individual that was part of the gaming community was lost to suicide and it really hit close to home. We need to make sure there's a space for everyone to be heard, so they can get the support they need."

In addition to Fisher, the new videos and content feature Scott Sire, Matt Santoro, Logan Henderson, Jonathan Bennett and Raymond Braun, along with Bryant Wood, Matt King, Justin Mikita and Eric Bigger.

For many men, opening up is a challenge due to social and cultural pressures.

According to new research from Movember1, more than one-third of men in the U.S. say they have not talked about their feelings to avoid being perceived as less manly. 21 percent of U.S. men say they are unlikely to speak to someone if they were having problems they were finding it hard to cope with. This is despite the fact that the majority of men (77 percent) say they believe talking to others is an effective way to deal with problems.

“Many men throughout the country suffer in silence, in large part due to outdated stereotypes of what it is to be a man,” said Mark Hedstrom, Executive Director, Movember US. “We have to change that - we’re losing too many dads, fathers, brothers, partners and friends. This campaign features authentic and relatable personal stories to break the stigma and empower men to be a man of more words.”

Share your own stories of being a Man of More Words on social media with #movember #ManOfMoreWords. Watch more Man of More Words content below.

Check out more inspiring personal stories from Eric Bigger, Bryant Wood, Matt King, and Justin Mikita.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1Ipsos MORI conducted a quota survey through its online panel of 1,000 American men aged 18-75. Response quotas were set based on age, region and working status and the final data were weighted to reflect these profiles. Fieldwork ran from 1st August - 9th August 2019.