Fourteen members of the Farmers Guardian team are taking on the Movember challenge to raise money for men’s health.
Since 2003 Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.
Unchecked, prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50.
And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides - with a particularly high rate in agriculture.
Agriculture carries the highest rate of suicide above any other occupation.
FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “Poor mental health is an issue that affects the farming community greatly and it is well known that loneliness and social isolation can lead to mental health problems.
“Suicidal behaviour is universal and it knows no boundaries. It can affect anyone and therefore we all have a role to play to collectively address the challenges."
The Farmers Guardian team will be using the power of the moustache to raise funds and create conversations throughout Movember for men’s health.
Team leader Tom Waddington said: "My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and he unfortunately lost his battle with the disease on New Year’s Day in 2014.
"I have seen first hand the devastating effects of prostate cancer and I wanted to organise this initiative in the office to help support men across the country who are not only tackling prostate cancer, but also testicular cancer and those who are struggling with mental health issues.
"Men are notoriously closed books when it comes to their health and wellbeing. We should all support each other in being more open and honest when it comes to these issues.
"Hopefully our FG Movember initiative will not only help raise awareness but also raise funding to continue the fantastic research and development that is vital in beating these issues."