“We know that men can often feel uncomfortable or awkward discussing their mental health. A conversation can make all the difference.” – Neil Rooney, Movember
Shedding light on the importance of social connections and conversation, Men’s health charity Movember and creative agency In the Company of Huskies have collaborated to light up Dublin’s iconic Poolbeg Chimneys with a message of solidarity – ‘TOGETHER WE STAND’, as part of Movember’s Conversation Piece campaign.
Aiming to raise awareness around the importance of social connection, the innovative campaign draws together a collective of artists and designers including Vivienne Roche, James Earley, Aches and writer Sebastian Barry, each of whom will be encouraging people to check in and stay connected.
‘Together We Stand’ is the first in a series of light installations, projected onto Dublin landmarks over the coming weeks. The collaborative artworks aim to raise awareness around the importance of social connection and encourage meaningful conversation.
The initiative comes as new research commissioned by Movember examining the impact of COVID-19 on social connections reveals that one in three men said they feel lonely more often compared with before COVID-19 with more than half of men surveyed saying they feel less connected to friends and colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to this, a new interactive online tool, Movember Conversations provides practical guidance on how to support the men in your life who might be struggling.
As Neil Rooney of Movember puts it,“We know that men can often feel uncomfortable or awkward discussing their mental health. A conversation can make all the difference. We can’t assume that people are grand, don’t want to be hassled or don’t want to talk. There’s never been a more important time to reach out to your friends.”
Watch the videos here: https://youtu.be/t2_wCWKbSNk