AN OFTEN divisive haircut is making a comeback for a cause that will hit home for many in Leeton shire.
Students from St Francis College, Yanco Agricultural High School and Leeton High School have formed what they are calling the "men of mullets" team to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute's Mullets for Mental Health cause during September.
The years 9, 10 and 11 students from the three schools have already raised $2000 for the Black Dog Institute, surpassing their original target of $1000 in just a matter of days.
The group has now set their sights on a bigger fundraising goal, hoping to raise $5000 by the end of the month, according to team member Kai Hammond.
The Men of Mullets group was started by a few local blokes from all three high schools to shed light on the tragedy of suicide.Men of Mullets team member Kai Hammond
"The Men of Mullets group was started by a few local blokes from all three high schools to shed light on the tragedy of suicide," he said.
"These young gentlemen, be it short hair, long hair, curly hair, or even red hair, have pledged to cut mullets in the name of mental health."
According to the Black Dog Institute, suicide is the leading cause of death among Australians aged 15-44.
The institute said about 50 per cent of people reporting symptoms of mental illness don't seek help. Kai said funds raised through the iconic hairstyle fundraiser would help drive real change through ground-breaking research into the early detection, prevention, and treatment of common mental health disorders.
The Men of Mullets team consists of:
- Christian "Wernz" Werner.
- Kai "Scrub" Hammond.
- Callum "Dunzo" Dunn.
- Thomas "Tommy" Allen.
- Hugo "Gert" Gerhardy.
- Eligh "Wato" Watson.
- Jhi "Grundz" Grundy.
Leeton shire residents have been encouraged to make a donation to the team if able to in order to assist them in reaching their target of $5000.
Community members can do so by visiting https://www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraiser/menofmullets, which can also be accessed via the Men of Mullets Facebook group, or on Instagram @men_of_mullets.
More information about the Black Dog Institute and its objectives can be found at www.blackdoginstitute.org.au.