Every year 15 million men in America alone are diagnosed with depression. A disease which I can tell you from personal experience is extremely hard to shake, like carrying around a dark shadow or cloud every day.
Throughout their lives, one in five men will suffer from mental health problems. It is a serious issue which is often swept under the rug or considered taboo. In St. Louis we wanted to help make this change...
Within our house, Cristobal and Omar have been gifted with what some may consider unnaturally fast growth of facial hair. Their never-ending admiration of each other’s beards and moustaches led them to a lightbulb moment. One in which they could both further a cause which afflicts many men from all corners of the world but also leave a lasting impression on the school - a tradition - one to be celebrated for many years to come.
At Aiglon each house is distinctive. Alpina boys are known for their never-ending rule in most, if not all, sports and Clairmont girls for their intellect and competitiveness in Inter-house. Delaware Boys are known for being “too cool for school” and their musical talents while in Exeter the girls for their beauty and relaxed vibes. Le Cerf Girls are known for their sister-like bond and kind hearts, Belvedere Boys for “Tie Fridays” and their loud balcony salutations to those on their way to lunch. Last, but in my opinion most certainly not least, St. Louis is known for it’s small but mighty spirit and never-ending loss record across Inter-house Competitions.
What I am trying to say is that each house is known for something and this is what Omar, Cristobal, Helly, Jacob and myself wanted to change and how Movember came about, capturing our hearts.
The sad truth is that men are often thought of as tough and indestructible, sadly stereotyped as masculine but without emotion. However, men nowadays are more in touch with their emotions and with those of others and in support of this their top lips are hairier this month.
We hope parents, family members and friends reading this at home will help us further this cause in as many ways as possible.
On behalf of St. Louis house, I thank you for spreading awareness and helping in any way in which you can.
Christopher E. Brenninkmeijer
St. Louis House