To support and address some of the biggest health issues faced by men, this year we have once again been involved in Movember, the annual campaign that raises funds for The Movember Foundation. Each year, men around the world are invited to ‘grow a mo’ to help tackle some of the most serious issues affecting men’s health – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and suicide prevention. At SSP we have Mo Bros from across the globe taking part and raising money.
The Foundation has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world and by 2030 they’re aim is to:
- Halve the number of men dying from prostate and testicular cancer
- Reduce the rate of male suicides by 25%
At SSP, we want to inspire donations, conversations and make a real change. International Men’s Day, on 19 November, was the ideal platform to bring these issues to the surface. We ran sessions in our offices where we shared videos about men’s health and talked openly about any issues that were affecting men in the room or their families/ friends. We wanted to create a welcome environment for the men at SSP to come and share their experiences, or just simply come along and listen, and we’re committed to keeping these conversations going.
International Men’s Day was run by the SSP Diversity Working Party and it followed on from the great work we have been involved in recently for International Women’s Day, Bring Your Kids to Work Day and World Mental Health Day.
International Women’s Day was hosted across SSP’s global offices in March this year. With a low proportion of women working in the UK tech and ICT industry, the events were used to open up discussions and to get a feel for what it’s like being a woman working at SSP and what we could do to better support our female colleagues.
We're proud to be celebrating our first International Women's Day today with activities across all of our global offices to discuss and advocate gender parity. #IWD2018 #PressForProgress pic.twitter.com/ae79A2SU3Y— SSP Limited (@SSP_Worldwide) March 8, 2018
Building on these events, we also recently signed the employer pledge with Time to Change to commit to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace, as well as building trust and confidence amongst our colleagues.
Arran Bryde, Internal Communications Manager said:
“Following the success of our International Women’s Day and Bring Your Kids to Work Day events, as well as our vibrant Diwali celebrations, we’ve been focusing on men’s health throughout November to support the Movember and International Men’s Day campaigns. Events like these help us get to know the people that make up our workforce and celebrate our diversity as well as raising awareness and funding for vital causes. We’re proud to be able to help.”
We are pleased to say that so far we have raised £900 for the Movember Foundation and we still have a few weeks to go. Our Mo Sistas have been supporting the Mo Bros. You can see the SSP team pics and their progress so far on our SSP Mo Bros donation page and support all the dads, brothers, uncles, sons and mates in our lives.
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