MOUSTACHE MADNESS: Will Southwood (left), Matt Harper (centre) and Peter Quinn have been raising funds for men's health this Movember.
MOUSTACHE MADNESS: Will Southwood (left), Matt Harper (centre) and Peter Quinn have been raising funds for men's health this Movember. Nick Wright

Hairy lips have everyone talking about men's health

IT'S getting hairier by the day along Gordon Street as businesses ditch their trimmers and razors in the name of men's health.

Movember is in full swing in Mackay and the efforts of those involved are beginning to look less like an upper lip shadow and more like the inglorious 'staches many advocates of mental health and men's cancer tend to bear this time of year.

That's hardly the case for Zambrero owner Peter Quinn and the boys from Razor Edge Men's Cuts, who have displayed to their customers admirable efforts at the foundation month's halfway point.

Mr Quinn believes mental health has been a prominent concern in Mackay among young males.

"Unfortunately over the last few years we've had some cases of suicide in Mackay,” Mr Quinn said.

"I think we definitely need help in that area, so if we can raise a few dollars to the cause it's definitely a good thing.”

Razor Cuts barber and Mackay local Will Southwood believes mental health has been more at the forefront of community initiatives than in the past.

"Mental health in this town is an enormous thing, we've got one of the most under pressure headspace facilities (and) our youth suicide rate is one of the highest in Australia,” Mr Southwood said.

"In the last year I've seen a lot more things come out to raise awareness on the mental health issue in Mackay.

"There's a lot more community focused things,” he said.

"And a lot more events to encourage people to get out an put themselves out there.”



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