The Work We Fund

Funded projects
Men's Health Partners
We work closely with our global men's health partners to ensure collaboration, transparency and accountability for every project we fund. We monitor this through report cards which detail what we seek to achieve, key measures and the impact.
Prostate Cancer
"Together with the brightest minds in research, we aim to achieve significant breakthroughs in the hope of beating prostate cancer. Our disruptive funding approach identifies revolutionary ways to accelerate health outcomes by creating strong, global collaborative teams." Dr. Colleen Nelson, Global Scientific Chair.
Men's Health
"One Mo can help change the face of men’s health through the powerful conversations created globally during Movember. Men have the chance to confidently discuss men’s health with people around them, resulting in men taking action early, helping change and save lives." Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programs
Mental health and suicide prevention
“The number of men taking their own lives around the world is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Movember is working to ensure all men and boys look after their mental health and are comfortable to seek help when they’re struggling.”
Brendan Maher, Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Testicular Cancer
“Despite being the 2nd most common cancer in young men, testicular cancer is often a forgotten cancer due to early detection and treatment. Our projects look at underinvested areas such as improving access to healthcare services and treatment options for relapse” Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programs.

Go to Where Men Are - Fathers

Movember Funding to Date

Global funding of AUD $5.7M

What we seek to achieve

Movember seeks to improve the confidence, mental health and wellbeing of fathers (and their partners, primary caregivers and children) globally. Our vision is that men are confident and engaged fathers; and that they take action early for their mental wellbeing. To achieve this, Movember will provide applied digital resources and solutions to enable fathers to navigate through the challenges of fatherhood, build resilience and improve their mental health.

Implemented by
Movember Foundation
Project start date
May 2019
Project Status

About the project

Fathers are an underserved and at-risk population for poor mental health.   The transition to fatherhood and becoming a new father can raise challenges.  Between 10% - 20% of fathers experience anxiety and depression during the perinatal period (pregnancy to and including the first 12 months of an infant’s life). Paternal Post Natal Depression (PPND) usually affects dads in the first year of their child's life and they appear to be most vulnerable when their baby is between three and six months old.   The risk of depression increases in men if their partners experience Post-Natal Depression (PND) with up to 40% of male partners of women diagnosed with PND reporting PPND.  

The early parenting years of the fatherhood journey (e.g. toddlerhood and transition to school) can also raise challenges for fathers and primary caregivers. Currently, 15-20% of children exhibit behavioural issues and approximately 70% of these children with behavioural issues are boys.  There is also low engagement (20%) by fathers in current parenting programs and having both primary caregivers involved in parenting programs is shown to have an improved effect on child behaviour and development as well as positive father mental health outcomes.

Movember will support fathers and primary caregivers through two digital education programs:

  1. A father friendly online parenting program for parents and primary caregivers of children aged 2-8 with behavioural issues to support the engagement of fathers in the parenting process, increase parenting confidence, improve their mental health, wellbeing as a result of increased engagement and also improve childhood behaviour; and, 
  2. A comprehensive online resource aimed at perinatal fathers to support men in the transition to fatherhood and offer resources for anxiety and depression including Paternal Post Natal Depression.

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