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Digital Subscriptions > Attitude > December 2018 > Hair-raising

Hair-raising

Movember sees countless guys sporting moustaches in the name of charity. But as well as cancer prevention, the money raised is now helping to improve men’s mental wellbeing. Nathan Yeowell, whose two fundraising efforts book-ended a spell of mental-health and substance-abuse issues — which saw his life start to spiral out of control — tells Attitude his story

As told to Tim Heap Photography Markus Bidaux

I’ve grown a (pretty terrible) moustache for Movember twice now: once in 2010, when I managed to raise about £1,600, and again last year, raising £2,300. When I did it the first time, Movember was still all about testicular cancer awareness, but last year I ticked the box saying I wanted the money I raised to go towards men’s mental health, which is a more recent arm of the charity.

The reason was that my Movember efforts book-ended a few years of my life where things got a little bit screwy. At the beginning of 2015, I was diagnosed as having undergone a prolonged nervous breakdown. I had underlying depression and anxiety issues, and between 2012 and 2016, I underwent 10 operations, all on my bum — obviously a sensitive area.

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