The men’s health movement "Movember" encourages men to grow moustaches in November to draw much-needed attention to men’s health issues. For example, men in general are less likely than women to seek health care, and have much higher suicide rates than women.

Indigenous men face further barriers to health care as a result of historical injustices and racism, in addition to having fewer services specifically for them. That’s why the success of a grassroots men’s health group primarily serving Indigenous men is remarkable. DUDES Club began 10 years ago at Vancouver Native Health Society. Since then, it has expanded to 40 sites in British Columbia and is now a national model for health, well-being and mental health for all men, with two sites in other provinces.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Indigenous health researcher Lyana Patrick of Simon Fraser University discusses the three-year research project with DUDES Club — and a little help from Movember — that shows how a grassroots project was mobilized to work by, for and with Indigenous men.

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Health + Medicine Editor

DUDES Club members and research team at a retreat in northern British Columbia. (Jeff Topham)

DUDES Club and Movember: Indigenous men taking ownership of their health

Lyana Patrick, Simon Fraser University

DUDES Club, with a little help from Movember, has shown how a grassroots health and mental health initiative could be mobilized to work by, for and with Indigenous men.

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