Raising the bar
PRISON officers at Hakea in Canning Vale have been given special permission to let their mo grow for a good cause.
The officers, who are not usually allowed to sport facial hair, have been given approval during Movember to raise funds for men’s health.
They will join 23,000 others across the country, including Casuarina, taking part for the first time through the Prison Officers’ Association of Australasia.
Union secretary Andy Smith said the fundraiser would involve prison officers from every jurisdiction across Australia and New Zealand to raise money to fight cancer and poor mental health.
“There isn’t a prison officer across Australia or New Zealand who has not been affected by cancer or poor mental health in some way, shape or form,” Mr Smith said. “WAPOU has spent the last year promoting our mental health training Stand T.A.L.R (Talk, Ask, Listen, Refer) and it has been adopted by all prisons in New Zealand, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT.
“Extending an invite to also participate in Movember was the natural progression of our effort to ensure prison officers continue to talk about mental health and suicide prevention.”
Mr Smith said because of the dangerous and stressful environment prison officers work in, suicide and depression was sadly widespread. The union hopes to raise $50,000.
Prison officers Ryan (Casuarina), Shaw (Broome Regional Prison), Dow (Bunbury Regional Prison) and Taulanga (Hakea) get into the spirit of Movember.