#Movember: What It’s All About And Why You Should Get Involved

Most people have heard of Movember and think of it as an excuse for guys to grow a wacky mo’. But do you know why people start sporting some impressive lip fur?

Movember, as an organisation, actually tackle some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health issues and suicide prevention. While the main event happens in the month of November, the organisation actually have events running year-round and although it’s not all about facial hair, this month certainly is.

Let’s take a look at what Movember is really all about, and what we can all do to contribute to the only global organisation focused soley on men’s health.

First off, what exactly are they fighting for?

Many people are probably aware that Movember aims to fight cancers affecting men – like prostate and testicular cancers – which are on the rise globally. But what many people mightn’t be aware of is the work Movember do for mental health problems affecting males.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15 to 44 years with an average of six men committing suicide every single day. Mental health at large is the second issue Movember deal with year-round.

This week, 191 pairs of shoes were laid on Bondi Beach symbolising the Aussie men who died by suicide this past month, and who we lose this way on average every month. As the sun rose on November, Sydney locals were witness to a powerful reminder that mental health doesn’t discriminate by job, age, background or income. We can’t bury our heads in the sand on this national health crisis.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 01: Movember Foundation co-founder, Adam Garone crouchs next to mens shoes on Bondi Beach at sunrise on November 1, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. 'The dawn of new hope.' Today, 191 pairs of shoes lie on Bondi beach symbolising the Aussie men who died by suicide this past month, and who we lose this way on average every month. As the sun rises on November, Sydney locals were witness to a powerful reminder that mental health doesnÕt discriminate by job, age or income, but does by gender. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Movember Foundation)

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In the last 13 years, Movember have funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world and the 2015 campaign alone raised over $16 million dollars in Australia, with over 70,000 participants. By 2030, Movember hope to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 percent.

It’s not all about the moustache

In fact, if you’re unable to grow a mo you can raise funds for men’s health while you do something good for your own health. Women can sign up to set yourself a Move challenge. From the big (racing to the top of the tallest peak around, riding 300kms in 30 days) to the brave (facing the fear of learning how to swim) to the slightly outrageous (working out in costume or having an office dodgeball tournament) – the Move campaign is all about pushing yourself to reach your personal best, and becoming a Mo Sista, there to help out your Mo Bros.

It doesn’t just matter in November (or in Aus)

The organisation runs events all year and are always taking donations for their various causes (check out the events section of their website to ensure you don’t miss out on any upcoming happenings). It also doesn’t just matter in Australia; 21 countries now take part in this global phenomenon.

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So what can you do?

One thing the folks at Movember are great at is raising awareness for causes affecting men in Australia and indeed, around the globe. Read up, and don’t be afraid to speak to your loved ones about the staggering statistics facing men. 

If you’re capable of growing a mo, participate in the classic Movember event by registering here. Women can participate in the Move event, wherein they too can raise money for the organisation by participating in a fitness challenge of their own. Click here for more info.

You can also host your own Movember event to raise money during the month.

Don’t forget to donate as well. You can do so to people’s campaigns during the month of November via their respective site, but also al year round at www.movember.com.

Why wouldn’t you, if you could look this good?

Lead image: Movember Australia

Esther is a freelance writer, editor, publicist, content maker and dog patter. She has written for Interview Magazine, New York Press, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and local titles Broadsheet, Beat and Tone Deaf. Please tag her in photos of dogs @esthersaurus