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Last month, leading men’s health charity Movember, in partnership with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), announced multi-country grants funding for mental health programs that improve support for First Responders.
The announcement follows an independent multi-country review commissioned by Movember and conducted by Dr. Donald McCreary in 2019, which revealed a lack of publicly available evidence of the overall effectiveness and co-ordination of existing programs to support the needs of this group.
“Firefighters, paramedics and police officers are on the front line of our community each day, and they are also disproportionately affected by suicide and mental health issues, given they are likely to be exposed to various workplace stressors throughout their careers, including regular traumatic events,” Movember Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Brendan Maher said.
An initial investment of $4.35M is being earmarked over the next two years to support First Responder initiatives in the US, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, as well as Veteran and First Responder initiatives in Australia and Canada. This includes an allocation of $343,000 over two years for a First Responder program in the US.
A minimum of eight programs will be funded across all countries, with the purpose of the grants to identify current programs showing promise in improving the mental health of men in these groups and build the evidence for effective interventions.
“We’re proud to be providing support to these groups of men in the community, along with their families through our grants funding program, and to build evidence around approaches and programs that truly make a difference. We’re also grateful for the collaboration offered by our program partner, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.”
Mark Hawwa, Founder, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, noted that “[m]any riders that participate in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride have either served in the military or work in front line emergency response. We appreciate the risks they’ve taken, the sacrifices they’ve made and the impact that has had on their own mental health and wellbeing. It makes me really proud that the funds we’ve raised for Movember will help deliver support and services for this unique group of individuals.”
The review, spanning Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK involved assessing scientific research available on early intervention and prevention programs in the general workforce and amongst veteran and first responder organizations.
Dr. McCreary also interviewed subject matter experts in each country to better understand how these programs are being used, as well as conducting a comprehensive desktop review of digital and social media platforms to find and assess program information.
“The community has certainly looked to address the concerns around mental ill health and suicide amongst military veterans and first responders, however the review found there was little published evidence to indicate how effective existing mental health programs for this group are. Where programs do improve the mental health of participants, the effects are relatively minor and diminish over time. There is also little central co-ordination or knowledge sharing across existing programs,” Dr. McCreary said.
“Our first responders are constantly under pressure with jobs that demand so much and having to put their lives at risk. We hope with this initiative we can provide additional support for this group of individuals who work tirelessly for our communities,” said Greg Oliva, Community Development Manager with Movember.
The funding forms part of Movember’s mental health cause area, and is in line with its approach of supporting scalable, evidence-based programs that focus on early intervention and prevention, to ultimately prevent suicide and improve mental health and wellbeing amongst this community.
To sign up to participate or to make a donation, please visit movember.com
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Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects around the world.
In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives.
The charity’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. To donate or learn more, please visit Movember.com.
Applications for grants are open until November 23, 2020. For more information about the grants program, eligibility and process, including a copy of the Veteran and First Responder Mental Ill Health and Suicide Prevention report published by Dr Donald McCreary, visit movember.com/vfrgrants