November has arrived and men who shaved off their quarantine mustache over the summer may want to consider letting their facial hair grow again to raise awareness and hopefully some money for men’s health issues. While in public spaces men’s mustaches may be undercover, challenging friends and family to compare progress throughout the month either virtually or within a social bubble can be a fun and meaningful social activity. And don’t we all need a positive distraction?
The Movember movement, dedicated to supporting men’s mental health and suicide as well as prostate and testicular cancer prevention, has helped more men take care of their well-being, proactively. By eliminating stigma and having more open communication about the health problems facing men, while raising money for health projects globally, Movember has helped to improve, prolong, and save countless men’s lives since 2003.
In addition to challenging yourself or others to support Movember by growing a mustache and raising funds, everyone can help support suicide prevention by organizing a 60-mile run or walk over the course of the month. The world loses 60 men every hour to suicide. Together we can help men get the treatment they need and break down stereotypes that keep them silent. Talking and listening more and staying socially connected can literally be a lifesaver.
Beards may have had their day, especially in our mask-required current reality, but a mustache if properly groomed can be a fun vehicle of self-expression. But be prepared guys; friends and family will likely want to weigh in on whether or not you can successfully pull off a Handlebar or Fu Manchu. Need some inspiration? Check out the 40 Best Mustaches of All Time by Men’s Health magazine here.