This is the 4th year I will be participating in Movember. Naturally, the first question I get when I mention it is, “Why?” I get it. Started as “No Shave November,” it isn’t as sexy a sell as Pink… well… everything, and unfortunately isn’t as easy or visible a battle as Breast Cancer Awareness, and because it tackles multiple issues, it isn’t as easy to package up. That being said, testicular cancer, prostate cancer as well as Men’s mental health and suicide are every bit as serious and deserving of attention.
Personally, I tend to focus on the most quiet of these issues, men’s mental health and suicide. A study that was released by the CDC showed that between the years of 1990 and 2014 suicide in men has gone up 24%, and even more stunning than that, when you look at rates for men between 45 and 64 years old, suicide rates jump 43 percent over that same time period.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that men are far more resistant to seeking help or even talking about their problem for fear of it appearing like a sign of “weakness,” as well as most believing that they can solve it on their own. So, when you think about it, it is really isn’t a surprise that men’s suicide rates are three times higher than women’s.
So, if growing a mustache for a month can get enough people to ask questions and allow these issues the light that they need, then it is a foray I will continue to embark upon. As the month goes on, I will be bringing up more facts and stories, so please stay tuned and let’s make this a Movember to remember.