Did you know that Australian men die in greater numbers than Australian women from almost every non-sex-specific health problem? That’s why the Movember Foundation and their global campaign to change the face of men’s health are so important in this country. To date, the Movember community has raised $580 million and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries!
Every November, The Movember Foundation not only challenges men to grow a moustache but to do two things; firstly to raise funds for men’s health programs and secondly to start a conversation about men’s health, specifically about the importance of checkups for testicular and prostate cancer, but also about issues surrounding men’s mental health. Considering that research shows consultations with a GP are often much shorter for men than women, and that these appointments are usually made to deal with physical problems rather than for preventative health, or for help with mental or emotional difficulties, these conversations are important.
After all, if you can talk to these things with your mates, aren’t you far more likely to show up to the doctor if you’re in need? Movember’s Asia Pacific Director, Jeremy Macvean, had this to say about the importance of the campaign; “Movember is challenging Aussies, through the power of the Mo, to take action and responsibility to change the face of men’s health by supporting and encouraging moustaches in their local community.”
“This year we’ll be ‘Made in Movember’. We are Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, locally grown, taking the steps needed to have a lasting impact on the health of men around the world, specifically in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health… We want to remind Mo Bros and Mo Sistas that while Movember’s now a global movement, it’s equally important to support local Mo growers.” Do you want to join in the campaign and the conversation about men’s health? Read on.
How You Can Be a Mo Bro
So, you want to grow a mo’? There are some rules you should be aware of; you have to start November with a clean shaven face and then for the entire month of November, you must grow your mo’ – no shaving until the end! And it must be a genuine solo mo’ – no beards, no goatees, no fake moustaches. When you’ve grown some fuzz, use the handsomeness of your magnificent moustache to initiate conversations about men’s health and recruit buddies and workmates. Also – and this is important – remember that ‘each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.’ If you think you’re up for the challenge, sign up on the Movember website and raise some funds for a good cause.
How You Can Be a Mo Sista
Understand the importance of the health of your best mate, your brother, your dad and your boyfriend? Love a moustache? You could become a Mo Sista, someone who fosters discussion on the important issues surrounding men’s health – and don’t just think these conversations should only be addressed to men. Did you know that research shows that men are more likely to go to the doctor for a checkup if urged by a woman in their life? Recruit fellow Mo Sistas. There’s lots of way to support the campaign; host a Mo Party, Start a Team or Raise Funds. Interested? You can find out more information on the Movember.com.au website here.
The Final Word
Not convinced about this Mo growing business? Look, moustaches might conjure awful images of 70s open shirts and medallions for you, but the mo’ can be seriously stylish and are they’re back in these days. But fashion issues aside, Movember is a fun way to start an important and possibly lifesaving conversation. If your mo’ convinces one of your friends to go talk to a doctor about a health issue, isn’t avoiding cappuccino for a month worth it?