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Handlebar moustaches haven’t been fashionable since the 80s, but this Movember at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) they’re more popular than ever as hundreds of staff grow out their upper-lip hair to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.
‘Follically Challenged’ is a group of seven from Mental Health, that includes medical, nursing, allied health and administrative staff, who aim to raise $5,000 for suicide prevention.
Senior Social Worker and group captain Brian Cargill said men were more likely to commit suicide and less likely to seek help.
“Globally, every minute, a man dies by suicide. And in Australia, 75 per cent of suicides are men,” he said.
“Movember is an important time of year where we shine a light on men’s health issues, and suicide prevention is a major men’s health issue.”
With a combined century of time spent supporting the mental health of Queenslanders, Mr Cargill said Follically Challenged were committed to making a difference inside and outside of PAH.
“Our mo-team are all passionate about raising awareness and reducing the stigma of mental health both professionally and personally.”
“Personally, I’m a father and I just want my sons to grow up where if they need help they feel able to ask for it and the service is also there for them.”
The Movember Foundation addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. And by 2030 they aim to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent.
Donations can be made to Follically Challenged on their Movember fundraising page.