MULLETS FOR MENTAL HEALTH - LET'S GROW IN SEPTEMBER
September 1, 2020
The kind souls over at the Black Dog Institute have been pushing for September to be the month to grow a mullet in support of mental health. With successful movements like Movember trending for some years, who says that bringing out a mullet for September can’t be a thing too? After all, it’s 2020 and practically every hairstyle is back in fashion if you want it to be!
The 80s and the 90s were golden times that had some of the best music, art, style, cars, and trends. Almost everything you can imagine was great about these decades. With this sense of classic style came the mullet for men’s fashion, sometimes referred to as business in the front and a party in the back.
The Black Dog Institute wants everyone’s assistance in driving real change by growing a mullet to support mental health research efforts. It’s just for a month and is for a good cause. Over 7,000 mullets are set to take shape, with over three million dollars ready to be donated to mental health research efforts.
Growing Cases of Suicide
The world is tough nowadays, especially for the young ones. As much as people poke fun about the millennials and the Gen Z kids, suicide is no laughing matter. With people all over the world feeling the weight of losing friends and family to mental illnesses, something just has to be done to make the world a little bit brighter.
Loss of life that is abrupt and unexpected leaves loved ones wondering what they could have done, continually regretting not reaching out on time. For many who go through difficult illnesses, like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and so many others, suicide seems to cross their minds way too often.
The Black Dog Institute realises the impact of suicide on families, relationships, communities, and the world, which is why working with barbers and people to tackle this issue seemed timely. In Australia alone, an estimated number of over 65,000 Australians make suicide attempts annually, and 75% of those who die are male. For deaths between the ages 15 and 44, suicide is the leading cause.
Feeling Isolated and Alone
The feelings and thoughts of suicide often begin with feelings of isolation and loneliness. Without anyone to turn to or with that notion of not having anyone to turn to, suicide then takes a higher incidence rating. This can start with bullying in school, feeling different, or feelings of neglect and suffering.
Feelings of loneliness and isolation is what Mullets For Mental Health is trying to target. By showing a barrage of unity and care, those participating in getting a mullet are wishing to give a sense of hope and love to those who are suffering internally.
Nobody deserves to struggle alone, so sign up to Mullets For Mental Health at teamblackdog.org.au and then make your way to your barber for your mullet cut, you’ll be doing your part to raise much needed funds for mental health research and that may just help someone you love.
If you are interested in The Black Dog Institute’s call to action, get registered, get sponsored and get into the barbershop for a mullet to join the cause.