Black Dog Institute’s annual Mullets for Mental Health gets underway | Hawkesbury Gazette

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September is Mullet Month as the Black Dog Institute runs its annual Mullets for Mental Health campaign, encouraging people to put their ears up and raise funds for mental health research.

One in five people will have symptoms of mental illness every year. In Australia that is around 5 million people.

All Ears: PJ Cartwright is pouring his mullet.

Suicide is the leading killer of Australians aged 15 to 44, and about 60% of Australians who report symptoms of mental illness do not seek help.

Riverstone-based PJ Cartwright joins the action by growing and styling his hair to become a mullet legend.

“This September, I’m going to show that I’m all ears for mental health by growing a mullet and raising funds for the Black Dog Institute,” he said.

“Unfortunately, nine Australians die of suicide every day. You can help the Black Dog Institute reduce this statistic.

“The Black Dog Institute can improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through its groundbreaking mental health research and education programs.”

The Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia that studies mental health across the lifespan and aims to create a healthier world for all.

They do this through “translational” research. Integrating research studies, educational programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections, and create real change.

Its partnerships with experienced people, federal, state and local governments, communities, schools, Australian companies and others in the mental health field enable them to drive evidence-based mental health changes where they are most needed.