Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Hats on to help fund mental health research

    30/09/2015 7:30 AM
    • Australian Rotary Health Hat Day raises awareness of mental health challenges
    • Minister urges people to join in the FUN-raising day during Mental Health Week

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today urged everyone to don a hat to raise awareness of mental health challenges and help Australian Rotary Health raise funds for mental health research.


    Hat Day - to be held Friday, October 9 - is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of Australia's largest mental health research charities


    "For more than 25 years, Australian Rotary Health has been providing research funds to find innovative approaches to help Australians who are living with mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia," Mrs Morton said.


    "I encourage everyone to put on a hat next Friday, donate to Australian Rotary Health and help to shine a light on mental health for everyone in our community.


    "Wearing a hat on Hat Day can also be an easy way to start a conversation about mental illness, particularly in the workplace.


    "Continuing support from Hat Day means researchers can evaluate and improve treatment programs to incorporate the latest understanding of mental illness, as well as develop cost-effective treatments and improve access to mental health services."


    All donations to Hat Day go directly to mental health research.  Australian Rotary Health gives priority to research projects that directly benefit the community.  Their mission is to support healthier minds, bodies and communities through research, awareness and education. The organisation is supported by a large network of Rotary clubs in Australia.


    More than 25 leading research institutions and universities across Australia benefit from Australian Rotary Health's funds for mental health research.  Since 2000, $10 million has been invested into the organisation's top five research institutions alone.


    Fact File

    • Mental Health Week runs October 2-10, 2015. For more information on events, visit http://www.mhw.waamh.org.au/  
    • Hat Day on Friday, October 9 is the major public fundraiser for Australian Rotary Health's mental health research
    • To donate, visit http://www.hatday.com.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6900