This article deals with mental health problems, including suicide.
All Blacks great Dan Carter has spoken out about his struggles growing a moustache for 'Movember'.
Earlier this week, Carter launched a social media challenge called #keeptheballgoing for men's mental health and suicide prevention.
The campaign encourages followers to film themselves catching a ball and then 'passing it on' to three friends as a way of "checking in" on their mental health, and Carter stressed the importance of taking part this year, during the coronavirus pandemic.
The challenge has revived plenty of support, with current All Blacks Sam Cane and Brad Weber also taking part.
But the same can't be said for Carter's attempt at growing a moustache, which he calls "pathetic".
"I can't grow a strong mo'," Carter tells Reuters. "I have done bits and pieces over the years, but never committed to growing one for a month.
"It's been just over a week and it's pathetic really."
That doesn't matter, as Carter is just happy helping a great cause.
"A man commits suicide every minute around the world," says Carter "Three out of four suicides are men as well, so it's a serious issue.
"I knew it was bad, but I didn't realise until recently just how bad it was."
During an All Blacks media conference on Thursday, Weber was called out for his moustache efforts by fellow halfback Aaron Smith, whose moustache was much more visible.
Weber said other teammates were supporting Movember.
"It's nice to know that I'm not the only one growing a pathetic moustache," says Carter.
"You don't have to grow a moustache. It's more just an opportunity to reach out to a few mates, and to check in and create awareness."
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