~ This November, Springfield-Greene County Health is encouraging men to make a personal commitment to their health through the Movember movement. Since 2003, Movember has been raising awareness for men's health in primary areas such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. To commemorate the month-long focus on men's health, SGCHD is promoting the Healthy Living Alliance of the Ozarks' new men's mental health campaign.

The campaign encourages men in our community to start and continue conversations about mental health with their peers. SGCHD Assistant Director Jon Mooney said "Conversation is a valuable tool in breaking down the barriers of mental health stigma and in building connection with the people around us who can help when we aren't doing well. When we talk about our experiences, it makes them less difficult to face head-on."

More on Missouriar
In addition to annual physicals, cancer screenings, self-tests and exercise, SGCHD encourages men to talk to someone they trust about their mental health. This could be a doctor, a spouse, a partner, family member or a friend. Men and their loved ones can learn how to start these often difficult conversations with resources and guides on Additionally, community leaders have created videos discussing mental health which can be found on as well.

The Movember campaign also encourages men to grow a mustache—a symbol that shows you are committed to discussing and improving men's health. According to the Movember movement, 5 million people globally have grown a mustache in support of men's health since 2003. More information on the Movember campaign can be found at

This November Springfield-Greene County Health is encouraging all men to take steps towards bettering their physical and mental wellbeing through preventative measures such as annual physicals and conversations about mental health with those they trust most.

Filed Under: Government, City

Show All News | Report Violation


Latest on Missouriar