2 May 2013

Support for men’s mental health continues with beyondblue receiving another significant donation thanks to funds raised by the Movember community in 2012.

Movember funds committed to mental health support
Where The Money Goes
Movember Chief Operating Officer Jason Hincks has presented beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett and CEO Kate Carnell with a cheque for men’s mental health support, thanks to funds raised by the Mo community in 2012.

The donated funds will continue Movember’s support of depression and anxiety initiatives for men around the country, with a focus on programs that increase understanding of men’s mental health, reduce the associated stigma and provide support to Australian men.

Movember is proud to have partnered with beyondblue since 2006, working together to improve understanding and support services for men’s mental health. Thanks to funds donated by Movember, beyondblue has been able to establish more than 20 men’s programs to date, including the beyondblue telephone and online Support Service, which assisted over 70,000 Australians last year alone. 

“We’re extremely proud of the programs we’ve been able to deliver through our partnership with beyondblue over the last six years. Depression and anxiety are significant issues facing Aussie blokes and we’re confident our shared commitment to improving men’s mental health will benefit men around the country” said Hincks.

Around one in eight Australian men experience depression at any given time, while one in five will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Despite these high statistics, men generally have lower levels of awareness of depression and are less likely to seek help for health concerns, compared to women.

beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett AC said he is overwhelmed by the magnitude of the marvelous Movember campaign and thanks everyone in Australia who generously supported the 2012 Movember campaign.

“I am astounded that every year the response to this worthy cause grows bigger – just like the moustaches. Participation in this fun activity and growing a Mo, making a donation or starting a conversation about men’s health, allows beyondblue to raise awareness of depression and anxiety, reduce associated stigma and increase help seeking, particularly amongst men.”

beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said beyondblue’s long-standing relationship with Movember has benefited the mental health of men and their partners and families.
“By investing heavily in men’s health – particularly men’s mental health – Movember has assisted beyondblue to develop programs for men of all ages, support awareness campaigns and commission research to inform our work. This innovative work continues and we are grateful to Movember for its generous ongoing support,” she said.

Alongside the outstanding work being done for mental health by beyondblue, Movember remains committed to the support of prostate cancer through a range of programs, including our partnership with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Support through these to channels is helping Movember work towards its vision to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

For further details of Movember funded programs visit Programs We Fund.