"Movember" and Men's Health

Australian blogger Darren Niemke is joining in to the "Movember" campaign for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and depression. I've heard Darren speak two or three times and met him at Code Camps before - he's a very down-to-earth speaker and is now an author too!

"Movember" involves growing a moustache in the month of November, and getting sponsored. Good on you Darren, I'll have to get my sponsorhip details together to support you.

The Movember web site points out some alarming men's health facts:

  1. Men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy of males is 6 years less than females.
  2. Every year in Australia 2,700 men die of prostate cancer – more than the number of women who die from breast cancer.
  3. Depression affects 1 in 6 men…Most don’t seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide. Rates of suicide are more than double the national road toll.
The last statistic is terrible. I hope that the visibility of male depression issues starts to catch up with the visibility of the TAC (Transport Accident Commission), who I reckon have done a good job advertising over the last couple of years.

A related article from ars.technica caught my eye today, about Australian researchers finding "Net-based psychiatric treatments sometimes beneficial".

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