Office of Student Life


Every November, Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service hosts Movember, an awareness month part of the worldwide Movember campaign that encourages men to grow facial hair in the month of November in order to raise awareness of men’s physical and mental health issues. CCS celebrates the awareness month at Ohio State with a combination of outreach events, activities and partnerships across campus.

Movember Calendar:

Wednesday November 1, Noon - 3 p.m.: Kickoff Tabling @ The Ohio Union with CCS Staff

  • Join us for a tailgate to celebrate Men’s Mental Health. We’ll have hot chocolate, some CCS swag and an opportunity to connect with other Ohio State students and staff from Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service.

Wednesday November 8, 5 - 6 p.m.: Positive Masculinity

Zoom Workshop with Jake Friedman and Will Allen

  • There is more conversation than ever regarding identity and the impacts our identities hold on ourselves and those around us. Masculinity has seen a rise in negative connotation and this workshop is designed to review the positive aspects that masculinity has as well! Hopefully this workshop can serve as a way to start conversations with yourself or the men in your life about the way we view and engage with masculinity moving forward.

Tuesday November 14, 4 - 5 p.m.: Suicide Prevention 

Zoom Workshop with Brian Fitts and Casey Allen

  • In 2020 suicide was the third leading cause of death for young adults ages 15-24, and since then suicide rate for men overall continued to rise compared to other demographic groups. Talking about suicide can be very challenging, whether you’re having these thoughts yourself, or you’re concerned that a friend or loved one might be having these thoughts. This workshop focuses on how traditional masculinity can complicate talking about suicide and discusses how we can start having conversations with others about suicide.

Friday November 17, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Destigmatizing Emotions - Mental Health amongst Asian Men 

Zoom Workshop with Bansari Thakkar and Cheryl James

  • This workshop will explore the topic of mental health amongst Asian men, reflect on cultural and societal expectations, and how that could affect your ability to ask for help or support. We will discuss vulnerability and how to recognize, express and, most importantly, normalize emotions. We will review and discuss what therapy is and how it can be a helpful tool in supporting you and your mental health. This workshop will also explore and provide other simple wellness tips/techniques to take care of your mental health.

Wednesday November 29, 3 - 5 p.m.: Movember Wrap Up Tabling @ The RPAC with CCS Staff 

  • Stop by our Table at the RPAC for some CCS swag and good conversation as we wrap up Movember and head into finals season.

Other events of note:

Tuesday November 7, 6 - 7 p.m.: Mindful Masculinity: Intuitive Living and Eating for Men 

Zoom Workshop with the Student Wellness Center, featuring Janelle Bayless and Jake Gorham

  • In a world where men's mental health and holistic well-being are crucial and sometimes overlooked, this interactive learning session dives into the realm of mindful masculinity. Join us as we explore how the principles of intuitive living and eating can be harnessed to benefit mental wellness, healthy relationships with food and promote positive body image. In this thought-provoking workshop, we will delve into the challenges that men face in navigating societal expectations and the impact these can have. We will debunk myths surrounding health and body weight, shedding light on the harmful effects of diet culture on well-being. By promoting awareness of weight stigma, we aim to empower men to challenge these biases and embrace body respect. This is an opportunity to engage in open dialogue to share and listen to other’s life experiences. This event is part of Movember, an awareness month about men’s physical and mental health issues.
  • Learn more about nutrition coaching online

Tuesday November 14, 1 - 3 p.m.: Barber Shop Talks with the Bell National Resource Center for the African American Male (BNRC) @ the MLK Lounge in Hale Hall featuring Peter Oduwole

  • Join the BNRC staff and your fellow peers to commemorate Movember, the initiative to bring awareness to and advance men’s mental health, for an afternoon of food and fellowship, and get a lineup while discussing mental health related topics impacting Black men. This will be a general discussion and drop in! Participants can arrive and depart as your schedule allows. This event is open to all. We can't wait to see your face in the place!