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 Conversations gives practical guidance on how to support men who might be struggling. Friends, family and colleagues can all use this interactive tool to gain the skills and confidence to approach challenging conversations with the men in their lives.
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Gamers vs Depression

Gamers vs Depression (GVD) is a global mental health project that uses esports to teach gamers about mental health. GVD uses online gaming as a vehicle for developing depression literacy and better social connections in adolescent males.
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Social Innovators Challenge

The Social Innovators Challenge funds creative programmes 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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Family Man

Family Man uses the latest parenting strategies that support happier homes and better mental health. We created Family Man to get more fathers actively involved in parenting programmes. By equipping fathers with the right tools, especially in tough times, we’re aiming to help men live healthier and happier lives.
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View all mental health programmes (English only)