Over 1,000 well-heeled gentlemen, and a few gentlewomen, gathered on some of the world’s best vintage motorbikes at a secret
The military isn't the kind of environment where you feel like you can openly talk about your problems. But once I did, I was amazed by how much support was out there. I started going to group therapy and that was what changed my life. I was suddenly surrounded by people who felt the same.
We all have a part to play in tackling these challenges. That's why the Movember Foundation has established TrueNTH, the world's largest ever investment in prostate cancer care. We're working hard and in big, new ways to address the unmet needs of men with prostate cancer and their families.
This summer, around a rather large Chinese takeaway, I spoke to my family about how I tried to take my life. Between me and my dad, plus a few tears, we talked about the pain this event had caused all of us. It was the first time that many family members listened to this story and it was the first time we spoke about it so openly.
This hasn't been all about me at all. I hope it is a reminder that masculinity is not what it appears on the surface. I hope that men who, like my friends, are able to come together in the face of hardship to overcome illness, mental health and trauma. University was a struggle, but only because I was too naïve to understand what it took to be a man. Now I understand, I feel a lot more chilled.
With 1 in 8 men getting prostate cancer in their lifetime, with stats increasing to 1 in 4 for black men or men of mixed race, ALIVIA feels passionately that men of all ages are clued up about all treatments available to them.
For the last 6 years, I have dedicated the month of November to the fine art of facial hair related fundraising. I feel proud to state that I have raised £11,000 for Movember, but I am always hungry to increase that figure by as much as physically possible, in the shortest possible timeframe.
To raise awareness of the condition which could have taken my life, I took part in a 'naked' photoshoot ahead of World Cancer Day. It was really bizarre being butt naked in a room full of strangers, but it was a good laugh!
I think it's fantastic that this discussion is now breaking into the mainstream, from Parliament to the Southbank Centre, because I believe it's imperative that men are encouraged to speak about what it means to be a man. But I also believe it's essential that people truly listen when they do.