Miyay Birray men take part in Movember for second year

MOUSTACHE SEASON BEGINS: Miyay Birray's James Smith and Glen Crump will shave off their facial hair on Saturday, ready to grow a mo from Sunday, the first day of Movember.
MOUSTACHE SEASON BEGINS: Miyay Birray's James Smith and Glen Crump will shave off their facial hair on Saturday, ready to grow a mo from Sunday, the first day of Movember.

Following a number of deaths by suicide in the Moree community earlier this year, two men from Miyay Birray Youth Service will once again take on the Movember challenge to raise awareness of men's health issues, which they say is as important as ever.

"For me personally, I had a death of a family member from suicide this year, and we weren't able to attend the funeral because of the Queensland border closure," Miyay Birray's Glen Crump said.

"This will be a bit of closure for me, but also will help raise awareness."

James Smith will also join Mr Crump in growing a mo in November to help raise money to fund groundbreaking health projects and raise awareness about men's biggest health issues - mental health and suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

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As a youth service, mental health is one of the biggest issues affecting Miyay Birray's clients.

"I coordinate the father's program and mental health is one of the biggest things we talk about," Mr Smith said.

"Everyone has a family member or friend that has experienced suicide.

"A lot of men get overlooked as well - a lot of services focus on women and mothers but it's good to get the message out that men have problems. Men are stubborn and don't like asking for help, but we want people to know it's okay to ask for help."

Last year they raised $1700, however Mr Crump said fundraising will be more difficult this year as a result of COVID-19.

"This year will be a bit different because we did barbecues at Woolies last year, but we can't do them because of COVID," he said.

"We're looking at doing a raffle."

Otherwise, people are encouraged to donate to the Birray Mobros at https://au.movember.com/team/2350512

The Birray Mobros will join hundreds of thousands of other men in growing a mo to save a bro and help change the face of men's health.