Time to grow a mo

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Sergeant Trent Langth­orn

It’s that time of year again, when we save money on ra­zor heads and let the hair on our top lip grow into some­thing that re­sem­bles a cater­pil­lar.

Some cater­pil­lars are bet­ter than oth­ers and some are non-ex­is­tent af­ter a month of growth, but one thing we have in com­mon is the drive to raise aware­ness for men’s health is­sues, par­tic­u­larly tes­tic­u­lar cancer, prostate cancer and men­tal health.

On av­er­age, males die six years younger than fe­males and for rea­sons that are largely pre­ventable.

We can all take ac­tion to live a hap­pier, health­ier life and with world­wide events like Movem­ber, we can raise not only aware­ness but funds to com­bat these is­sues.

Ev­ery sec­ond Aus­tralian man has men­tal health prob­lems at some point in their lives. Dis­turbingly, three out of four sui­cides are men.

This year I am co-or­di­nat­ing a Broome Com­mu­nity Movem­ber team to en­cour­age peo­ple to get in­volved and start a dis­cus­sion about men’s health

Talk. Lis­ten. En­cour­age Ac­tion. Check-in.

I have been on a re­cruit­ment drive around Broome, sign­ing up peo­ple I have never met and from all walks of life.

I have met some amaz­ing peo­ple with some amaz­ing life sto­ries and this cause means a lot to these peo­ple.

It has en­cour­aged con­ver­sa­tions about men’s health be­tween my­self and com­plete strangers and among the broader com­mu­nity. I in­vite all com­mu­nity mem­bers (and it’s not too late) to join our team. Sim­ply go to movem­ber.com and fol­low the links to reg­is­ter.

En­sure you join the team Broome Com­mu­nity. Once reg­is­tered, en­cour­age a fam­ily mem­ber or friend to join with you.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who has par­tic­i­pated so far and thank you in ad­vance to those who sign up af­ter read­ing this ar­ti­cle.

I will en­deav­our to or­gan­ise a com­mu­nity shave-off at the end of the month so watch this space.

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