That’s right, Movember is a few days on the go now, and you may have noticed more men wearing various hirsute appendages below their noses, all in the name of a fantastic cause to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. You may be one of them and so right now are reading this while twiddling away with your new facial addition! Well done if that is you.
Of course, it’s good to get scared once in a while as dopamine and adrenaline flood into us – and that increases the heart rate and muscles get a boost as we prepare for fight or flight. The dressing up and socialising are also great for our health and wellbeing, as being happy and having fun is a fantastic boost.
So it’s going to be getting dark in the afternoon, but it does mean autumnal splendour is with us, signalling the annual getting out and putting on of those favourite jackets, hats, gloves and scarves as well as cosy nights in.
Go Sober for October is a fundraising campaign aimed at challenging social drinkers to change their habits for a month and make some healthy lifestyle changes. So why not spend October being a Soberhero and go 31 days without alcohol?
While it does mean shorter daylight hours are creeping in and so too is colder weather, it does also mean we can look forward to stunning colours as leaves turn shades of orange, red and yellow, before dropping off for us to rustle through on the footpaths. Then there’s getting warm and cosy indoors, and sitting by a real fire in the pub.
At the end of this month, on Sunday September 29 it’s World Heart Day – but we’re getting ahead of ourselves and encouraging awareness of good heart health right now. World Heart Day is an awareness event created to get it known that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death.
More than 800,000 people die by suicide annually. That means one person every 40 seconds ends their life. Suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-24 in many European countries For every one suicide 25 people make a suicide attempt. 135 people are affected by each suicide death. This equates to 108 million people bereaved by suicide worldwide every year.