Don't be surprised if you see someone sporting a classic Aussie Mullet this month.
They may be a part of the fundraiser event that focuses on mental health.
Over $3 million were raised after the Mullets for Mental Health campaign started last year by the Black Dog Institute for research studies, education programs, digital tools and clinical services.
Bungendore resident Michael Pailthorpe, who has been a part of RU OK? campaign is raising funds for Mullets for Mental Health this year.
"During the lockdown, the pandemic was taking a toll on people's mental and emotional health. I found out about the Mullets for Mental Health event and I, along with my friends, decided to do our bit and support the cause," he said.
"The funds go into the research done by the Black Dog Institute. These resources and information are helpful when we are struggling or know of a friend and family member who is struggling."
At the start of the month, Michael and seven of his friends got together and met their target of $3000 within three days.
"We then raised the target to $10,000 and are now close to meeting our goal," he added.
Phoebe Collins, Black Dog Institute Mullet manager, feels that due to the pandemic, it seems that mental health is an important topic of discussion in every home across the country.
"Sporting a mullet this September is a cheeky shortcut to big conversations, a nod to your fellow Australian that you're not afraid to lend a supportive ear during times of need," Phoebe said.
"We want everyone to get on board with this campaign, help us to raise funds for a good cause and put smiles back on the faces of the nation in doing so."
Anyone keen to take on the challenge can register here before grabbing the shaver and asking friends and family members to sponsor them on their mullet-y journey.
Key Mental Health Statistics
- 45 per cent of Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44
- Roughly 50 per cent of those experiencing mental illness symptoms do not seek treatment
- Each year mental illness cost Australian businesses $12 billion
- By 2030, depression is estimated to be the leading health concern worldwide