How are you wearing your mask this Movember?

How are you wearing your mask this Movember?

  • The result of poor mental health can be fatal. Every minute worldwide a man dies by suicide. 
  • Men of all ages often fail to realize when they have a mental health problem and are generally reluctant to ask for help. 
  • The uncomfortable truth is that some stereotypical forms of masculinity are killing men.

To raise awareness this Movember, HealthFirst is running our second FREE live webinar event and we have invited an expert panel to join Dr Mecky McNeil and Dr Michelle Wright:

  • Dr Thomas Ihde, Swiss Psychiatrist and Pro Mente Sana President
  • Dr John Barkat, International Monetary Fund Mediator and former head of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services
  • Scott Poynton, Movember Switzerland Representative
  • Carl Wahlers, founder of Blokes and Black Dogs peer-to-peer support group for men

Our discussion will focus on how wearing a mask is impacting men’s mental health, not just from the COVID-19 perspective and the mental health pandemic this has ‘unmasked’, but also the mask so many men wear when it comes to being open about their mental health.

It is only by having conversations like these that we can start to make a difference!

When: Monday 30th November 2020, 18:30-19:30

How can you join the conversation? Register for the FREE live event here and we will send you the Zoom login details.

Our expert Mo’bros

Dr Thomas Ihde

Thomas is a true Emmentaler, the hilly region in central Switzerland. He trained as a psychiatrist in the US, worked in Alaska and now lives with his family in Cheltenham in the UK. As a medical director he is responsible for mental health services for the Bernese Oberland; as president of Pro Mente Sana and book author, he works hard to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and change policy. He commutes between different countries and cultures, connects different people, from politicians to CEOs, with the mental health field and helps innovate mental health treatment. And every once in a while, he takes time off to explore the great Arabian desert in Southern Oman.


Dr John Barkat 

John is an internationally recognized expert in the field of international mediation, consensus-building and preventive diplomacy. He presently serves as the Mediator for the International Monetary Fund and previously served as Assistant Secretary-General heading the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services, reporting directly to the Secretary-General. Within the United Nations system, John has served as Chair of an interagency working group on mental health issues. Under his leadership the group developed a system-wide Mental Health Strategy which was adopted in 2017/18 for the UN and related funds, agencies and programs. Additionally, he served as a champion on the issue of respectful treatment of all UN staff and related personnel. John presently serves on the UN Steering Committee for international religious leaders to develop a global strategy and action plan to help reduce incitement to violence caused by religious extremism. As well as this, John has taught negotiation and mediation courses at Columbia University, from where he received his Ph.D.


Scott Poynton

An Australian forester, husband and father of 2 lads, Scott’s best mate is his Jack Russell Terrier, Finn. A Movember Community Ambassador in Switzerland, Scotts walks great lengths each Movember in his local Jura foothills to raise funds and awareness to support the Foundation’s critical work to help stop men dying too young. In 1999, Scott founded The Forest Trust (now Earthworm Foundation) and has worked in more than 60 countries trying to conserve forests and protect human rights issues in global supply chains.


Carl Wahlers

Originally a South Londoner, Carl has lived in Switzerland since 2002. Based in Montreux, he worked for Nestlé for 26 years until he was made redundant in 2017. Whilst out of work for 15 months, he studied, volunteered, and learnt a lot about himself. Inspired by Andy’s Man Club in the UK, during this time he also set up Blokes and Black Dogs, a peer-to-peer support group for men creating companionship, connection, and a safe space to open up and talk about the challenges life throws at them. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/blokesandblackdogs/