Australians colour their hair to support mental health research

Thousands of people across Australia are colouring their hair during Mental Health Week (7-13 October) to raise funds and awareness for mental health research.

Funds generated through the campaign Colour Your Hair for Mental Health will boost research into illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar.

Nearly fifty per cent of Australians will experience mental illness during their lifetime.  Research helps identify preventative activities, improves treatments, and even leads to cures.

“Additional research is essential if we want to be more effective in reducing the impact of mental illness in Australia,” said Professor Peter Schofield AO, CEO at NeuRA.

To date, more than $70,000 has been raised.

“We’re very grateful to all of those who are colouring their hair in support of our research.  Their support will help us to make new discoveries that will help all Australians to have better mental health and reduce their risk of developing a mental illness.

As part of the campaign, Professor Peter Schofield has enabled his supporters to choose the colour of his hair.

“I’ve never done something like this before, but if changing my hair colour brings more attention and interest to mental health research, then it’s more than worth it,” he said.

Established in 1991, NeuRA has a goal to transform how we treat and prevent mental illness throughout the country.

“Mental health research informs government policy, improves clinical practice and frontline services, and benefits people impacted by illness.  Our findings give hope to those in need and help relieve the burden of mental health across Australia.”

To get involved or learn more, visit: colouryourhair.com.au