It’s more than just a mo

Written by Steven Genoff, Financial Planner at Bartons.

For the past 4 years, I have been growing my “mo” in support of Movember.

For the first few years, I tackled the challenge as a lone ranger, but not this time! This year I took it upon myself to rally up some troops! Encouraging the team at Bartons to submit themselves to uncomfortable facial hair growth, moustache grooming and the increasingly disturbing sight of themselves in the mirror wasn’t an easy feat! But we got there and I’m lucky enough to have 13 troops joining me this year for this fantastic cause.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 3,000 people died as a result of suicide in 2015, including 145 aged under 20. The most concerning statistic is that men made up more than three-quarters of these deaths. Too many people suffer in silence and now is the time to man up!

It makes me proud to work alongside the Bartons Movember team as we band together to raise awareness about this major issue facing Australian society.

I am fortunate enough to work with dedicated, passionate and hard-working medical professionals on a daily basis and this group have provided me with some unique insights into what goes on in the public hospital system and in private practice. Politics aside, medical professionals are no strangers to dealing with long hours, significant responsibilities, study and exam pressures, emergency situations and difficult patients. With all of this is happening around them on a daily basis, quite often they don’t have the time (or energy) to deal with their own pressure points.

While I confess that I cannot assist with many of the things that keep these professionals up at night, one area I pride myself on is the ability to help reduce their financial stress which, if not looked after, can snowball and impact other areas of their life.

But it’s more than just about the finances. It’s about building relationships with clients, celebrating their achievements and guiding them through the challenging times, whether that be during volatile financial markets or in handling insurance claims.

Here’s my advice to you.

Have a conversation with your best mate and ask them if they are ok. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? So often this is overlooked. Supporting and donating is important, in fact I welcome you to donate to the team, but we need to do more than that. We need to have the courage to stand up and have the conversation.

This is why I continue to support Movember and why I do what I do.

To make a difference.

You can check out our Bartons Team Page at: http://moteam.co/bartons-mojo

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