John Chalmers addressing Hat Day at Lake McIntyre
by Rosey Pounsett 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Hat Day is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, the largest non-government funder of mental illness research in Australia. Australian Rotary Health was one of the first organizations in Australia to recognize the importance of mental illness prevention.Depression and other mental illnesses are predicted by the World Health Organisation to be the second leading cause of death in developed countries by 2020.
Hat Day was celebrated on Friday 11th October at Lake McIntyre and it was an opportunity for the public to wear a hat and make a donation to help shine a light on mental illness in Australia.
Records show that mental health in Australia has not improved over the last 15 years and the number of people seeking treatment is increasing. Prevention of mental illness is needed, but is in the need of more research.
This year is the second Hat Day organized by Sheila Boyle, Chairperson of the Lake McIntyre Management Board, who hosted a morning tea at Lake McIntyre to raise funds for Mental Illness.
18 people attended the morning tea, and John Chalmers from the Millicent Rotary Club gave an informative talk on mental illness in Australia, and the need to raise funds for research. The event raised $117.70 in donations from those present.
100% of money raised on the day goes to research into helping those affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses.
Everyone joined in the spirit of the day by wearing a hat, and they were thanked by both John and Sheila for attending.
Many hats were on show for Hat Day – bringing awareness to Mental Illness.