At WeShape, we acknowledge and understand the importance of men’s health; physical and mental. Therefore, we decided to focus on some of our male colleagues to find out more. This week, we interviewed Vic Williams:
Suicide is the biggest killer for young men and I feel this comes from boys being socialised from a young age to not show any emotion and keep feelings to themselves. The stigma against male vulnerability needs to be removed if this is to change.
I always feel better when I share anything that’s bothering me with my friends or family. I’m lucky to have a support network that I can always rely on. I’d definitely struggle if I didn’t have an outlet so my advice is to make sure you open up to others and there’s nothing wrong with being vulnerable. I subscribe to the old age of a problem shared is a problem halved. I’d also advise men not to be too hard on themselves if things go wrong - show yourself the same empathy you would to one of your friends.
I first started doing Movember about 10 years ago and I think it’s an easy way to start conversations on men’s health. This year someone noticed my moustache in the lift at work and asked me if it was for Movember - every year more and more people are aware of it. Also, I quite like having a moustache so it’s a good excuse to grow one!
At WeShape, we are supporting Vic doing the Movember challenge and will match donations made (up to £500 total). Click the link here to donate.
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