Movember: What’s Behind the Moustache?

Held throughout November, Movember involves men around the world growing moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. This global movement has gained significant traction, encouraging men to embrace their facial hair and start conversations about crucial health topics.

The Movember movement originated in Melbourne Australia, in 2003. A group of friends came up with the idea to bring the moustache back into fashion and use it as a conversation starter about men’s health.

The concept caught on quickly, spreading to other parts of Australia and eventually reaching countries worldwide. Movember aims not only to raise funds for research and support programs but also to reduce the stigma associated with men’s health issues. Today, you can support Movember by not only growing a moustache, but you can also elect to run or walk 60 kilometres across November or do something unique to you to support the cause.

Seeing the impact of poor mental health amongst men everyday, BUSY Health encourages Australians to get behind Movember, whether by growing a moustache or doing something else throughout November, supporting someone who is, or just sparking conversations about men’s health whenever Movember or facial hair comes up.

Funds raised by Movember participants go to various organisations dedicated to men’s health, supporting research, awareness campaigns, and programs that provide assistance to men dealing with health challenges like cancer, depression, suicidality or urogenital health conditions.

Funds raised also support research and prevention strategies, the movement having contributed to breakthroughs in treatment options and improved support services, as well as influencing men globally toward proactive and earlier intervention to prevent more serious health challenges.

Movember is more than just a month of growing moustaches – it’s a movement that empowers men to take charge of their health and well-being. So, this November, we encourage you to embrace the ‘stache, raise awareness, and support the cause of men’s health through the powerful movement that is Movember!

Learn more about Movember or register to take part at: https://au.movember.com/

How can BUSY Health Help with Men’s Health Challenges?

  • Mental health, including symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Issues with anger or emotions
  • Behavioural issues
  • Issues with weight
  • Cardiovacular health and exercise
  • Relationships and relationship breakdowns
  • Building strength and conditioning
  • Recovering from injuries
  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Addictions
  • Dealing with grief and loss
  • Domestic violence
  • Challenges in communication
  • Parenting

BUSY Health has both male and female health practitioners on staff, including psychologists, counsellors, rehabilitation counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists and exercise physiologists.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help with challenges that you or a man in your life may be facing, please get in touch with BUSY Health on 1800 270 984.

Article contributed by BUSY Health Exercise Physiologist Reilly Creagh.

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