The Black Dog Institute has launched its Mullets for Mental Health campaign to raise awareness and vital funding for mental health research.
The organisation, which helps Australians manage their mental health, is encouraging everyone to grow or rock a mullet across April as part of the fundraising drive.
Black Dog Institute postdoctoral research fellow Dr Andrew Arena said workers in construction and associated industries, including quarrying, can be exposed to these issues.
“When a worker’s role is ambiguous, or conflicts with another work role they have, it adds considerable complexity and mental strain to their daily work life,” he said.
“Also, when a worker doesn’t feel like they have control over how they work and the decisions that affect them, they’re likely to feel unmotivated and depleted. Over time, these challenges can contribute to stress, burnout, and mental ill-health – especially when coupled with the high job demands of the construction industry.”
Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 18-44 in Australia.
A survey undertaken by the Black Dog Institute of construction workers found that one in four had high symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. The survey also found that 25 per cent of workers who needed mental health support never accessed it.
Funding from the initiative will go towards training community presenters, supporting development of the myNewWay app for people living with anxiety and/or depression, funding research programs and supporting the development of tools to help those suffering from poor mental health.
For more information, visit: www.mulletsformentalhealth.org.au