Each year, Movember Australia works alongside a large number of companies from all corners of the business world, ranging in size from the relatively small through to some of the world’s largest corporations, to raise awareness and funds in support of men’s physical and mental health. The organisation is now calling on mining sites from all over the country to join its Mining Challenge and for workers to grow a moustache in November in exchange for sponsorship and donations.
Mental health issues such as depression are closely linked to the mining industry with many workers considered to be a high risk due to strenuous working conditions including long hours, isolation, difficult rosters, stress and a lack of community services.
Recognising health and safety must extend beyond physical precautions, employees of many companies including BHP Billiton, Chevron and Fortescue Metals are supporting Movember?s Mining Challenge by growing moustaches and encouraging participation.
?We know the ?mo? is a great conversation starter and can be a catalyst for change in the workplace,? said Movember business engagement manager Tom Betts.
?A month of camaraderie and a little healthy ?mo? growing competition can certainly have a positive impact on morale.?
Movember runs from 1 to 30 November. If you can commit your top lip for 30 hairy days, you can become a walking talking billboard for men?s health and raise funds and awareness.
In 2012, the Movember Mining Challenge raised just shy of $670,000 for Movember from 1934 “mo bros” and “mo sistas” (ie women who love moustaches!) from the mining sector.
For more information visit the Movember website.