Talk of the Town

Author: Movember
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Hong Kong’s very own Movember Ambassador, James Carlile, explains why having a simple chat could be a life-changing experience.
 
Back in 2016, James Carlile wanted to help his mates and colleagues by participating in the Movember campaign. At this time the Movember Foundation didn’t have any formal representation in Hong Kong so James took it upon himself to reach out to the Foundation and see if he could set about mobilising his network.
 
James is active within the Hong Kong community as a committee member for the Australian Rules Football Club (the HK Dragons), the Australian Chamber of Commerce and his business, Wine Brothers. This was an opportunity for James to galvanise these networks into action; to chat a bit more, share the good and the bad and while doing this, to have a lot mo’ fun!
 
James explains, "Men typically are very bad at talking about men's health issues, whether it's cancer, suicide prevention or depression. And there is no better place to start the conversation than at sporting clubs. It's not so much about talking about gory details or hard facts; it's really about starting a conversation. It's letting people know that help is out there”.
 
James has seen the power of what a simple conversation can achieve and is driven to encourage as many men as possible in Hong Kong to talk about and engage in their health.
 
Here are our top 5 tips for looking after yourself:
 
1. Make 'Man Time' - stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.

2. Talk: have conversations, especially about the tough stuff.

3. Move more - do more of what makes you feel good.

4. Know your numbers - At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor. 

5. Know Thy Nuts - get to know what’s normal and talk to a doctor if anything feels unusual.