This past year, I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, lost my job of 9 years and am waging my own war against severe depression & anxiety. I’ve been quietly struggling with my own mental health for a few years and have come to develop a much deeper appreciation for organizations such as Movember. To learn that fibromyalgia & depression are so deeply linked helped me come to terms with the fact that my mental health is just as important as my physical well-being, if not more so.
Raising money this year for the Prevention Institute feels more important than ever. My struggles aren’t just my own anymore. Xander now has a paternal history of mental illness and I don’t want him to be ashamed of that. It took me a long time to openly self-advocate for my own depression & I would love to be able to help those men who still struggle in silence. I know how hard it is to admit to a disease that is looked at as a “weakness” in men. The best way to finally overcome that stigma is to be open & honest about needing help while trusting that your family and friends will support you.
And a terrific way to show that support is through Movember. All this month, men across the world will be growing hair on their upper lips to draw attention to these very illnesses. While I’m in no position to support this organization monetarily because of recent events, I will be growing my ‘Mo as ridiculously as possible to spread the word about these fantastic causes and how others may donate to Movember. I will also recruit as many men to The Gentlemen’s League of the Mustachioed I can that are willing to take a more active role in supporting men’s health.
We all can play our part this month in changing the way mental illness is viewed in men. Struggling with these disabilities has only made me more determined to reach our $1000 goal by the end of November. I will work towards healing my own body & mind through the support of family, friends and the community so that my son may grow up in a world where asking for help is no longer considered weak.
Thank you all and please follow the links below for more.
Link to donate: http://mobro.co/mattharrak
Join the Movember team, “The Gentlemen’s League of the Mustachioed” and get involved: http://moteam.co/gentlemen-s-league-of-the-mustachioed