Movember is about much more than mustaches – it’s about men’s mental health issues. While prostate and testicular cancers have long been the focus of this charity movement, in the past two years a focus on mental health issues has been added to the campaign.
Three of our favorite dads — Ryan Hamilton, Lorne Jaffe and Ron Mattocks — join us on the latest Modern Dads Podcast to talk about their individual experiences with anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder, and the various ways each has found treatment and support for their men’s mental health challenges.
The Parents’ Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins again to talk about why he is working so hard to make sure his two young sons know that feelings matter, their own and those of the people around them.
November is “Movember” — “mo” being short for mustache. This is the month when men all over the world let their upper lips get fuzzy for the sake of bringing awareness to men’s health issues.
The Movember Foundation is a leading global organization committed to literally and figuratively changing the face of men’s health. It challenges men to grow mustaches (or, for the facial hair challenged — exercise daily) during the month to spark conversation and raise funds for research. Since starting in 2003, the organization has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to help fund more than 1,200 men’s health projects, according to its website. Its goal is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 percent.
For Movember, City Dads Groups is again creating a team of fundraising fathers with Life of Dad social network, Dad 2.0 Summit conference and The National At-Home Dad Network. City Dads Group, starting with its founding NYC Dads Group outpost in 2011, has raised more than $100,000 in direct donations and sponsorship matches over the years with our fellow mustaches partners.