For the past nine Novembers Mr Belly Beyond has grown a somewhat hideous and at the same time impressive, moustache that has scared young children and animals. All for the fantastic cause of stopping our men dying too young.
The Movember Foundation addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and very close to our hearts, mental health and suicide prevention.
Eighteen months ago, we sadly became part of NZ’s awful statistic of having lost a loved one to suicide (Mr Belly Beyond’s younger brother) and as recently as four weeks ago, we lost a good friend also to suicide.
Both men were young, very much-loved husbands, and fathers to young children. They have left behind families who are devastated by the loss to their family unit.
In the twelve months to the end of June a staggering total of 668 people died by suicide in NZ which is the fourth year in a row that the rate has increased. Of the 668 people who took their lives, 480 of those were male.
We want to raise awareness around mental health and to help reduce the numbers of male suicide rates. So, Mr Belly Beyond is once again beginning November clean shaven and will end the month by being hairy and looking like a criminal but it is all in the name of Movember.
Track his progress on the Movember website at the below link:
To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354, Samaritans on 0800 726 666, or Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).
If life is in danger, call 111 or go directly to emergency services.