After 30 hair-raising days, Movember has drawn to a close for another year.
What started out as a joke between two Melbourne mates nine years ago has become a world-wide phenomenon, with 1.1 million people in more than 20 countries participating this year.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia along with beyondblue, are the proud beneficiaries of Movember and I would like to thank the thousands of Australian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who have again raised millions of dollars for men’s health.
The simple act of growing a moustache for a month has helped save countless lives by raising awareness around men’s health issues – particularly depression and prostate cancer.
Untreated depression is a major risk factor for suicide and if you don’t know the symptoms, and don’t get diagnosed, then you won’t get treatment that will help you recover.
This year beyondblue used some of its Movember donations to fund several ground breaking research projects including an investigation into how positive self-help strategies can prevent depression and suicide.
There are many men’s health programs, beyondblue would not have been able to fund and implement without the support of the hairy Mo Bros and the Mo Sistas.
Again, I would like to thank everyone who participated in Movember this year and to all of those people who generously donated to them.
Together, we really are changing the face of men’s health.
KATE CARNELL AO
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER