Movember Awareness Effort to Include Mental Health




Movember, an international November awareness effort typically focused on male cancers, has a revamped focus to include mental health and physical activity this year.

Fort Collins has an active Movember following, with several local teams participating each year. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell will proclaim November to be Movember.

The month is traditionally marked by a mustache growing contest, which raises awareness and funds for The Movember Foundation. Since launching in 2003, the global charity has raised $650 million and funded more than 1,000 programs focusing on men’s health.

Saturday, local Movember advocate Ken Smith and other Fort Collins men will have their faces shaved clean at Scissors and Sinners, 112 E. Laurel, to kick off the month.

But Movember is about more than epic facial hair. And this year, it’s about more than cancer.

Smith said mental health, physical inactivity and cancer are all areas of focus for the campaign.

Both men and women are encouraged to participate in the “move” part of this year’s campaign, which encourages people to do something physical every day for 30 days.

Mental health resources and the importance of an open dialogue about mental health and anxiety will also play key roles in the campaign, Smith said.