Community | 16 November, 2020

A Movember Story - Lucy Nichols

Men’s health is something that’s not always talked about. With Movember now well and truly underway we wanted to highlight a story from one of our Mo-Sisters in Tasmania.

Lucy Nichols is part of our team at Dr Chau Dental Surgeons in Hobart. Lucy’s Mo-vement commitment this month is to walk 100kms in an effort to raise awareness for not only men’s health, but for everyone’s mental health and well-being.

It has been an incredibly tough year for Lucy’s family, and she has been kind enough to share her story with us…

I know Movember is about supporting Men’s health but for me, it’s about trying to raise more awareness for everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. By doing Movember, I thought I could promote mental health more openly. It’s something that I feel people don't like talking about due to the horrible stigma it has but something that needs to be talked about.

The last few weeks have shown me that life is way too short, and if you are feeling like your world is falling apart there are many people out there that are waiting and wanting to support you.

My younger brother has suffered from severe depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts since the beginning of the year. I have never been able to comprehend how that feels, and some days I feel very useless about how to help.

Movember came at the perfect time for me. I was starting to feel like I didn’t know how to help anymore even though I have been doing heaps to support my family. Raising money and awareness is something that I can do! If it helps one person speak up about their own issues, I will feel happy for doing that.

Some people are very good at hiding their pain when they should be letting others know about it. I hope by me doing this, people speak up and talk to someone, especially if they are hurting.