Hat Day lifts lid on mental health

Princes Street Primary students have helped lift the lid on mental health by hosting a Hat Day event at the Sandy Bay school last month.

Most of the school community got involved in the event on 27 September, donning crazy headwear for the day as they raised awareness for mental health research and a total of $275 for the cause.

Australian Rotary Health’s longest-running mental health research fundraising event, Hat Day is held on or around 10 October every year to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

The campaign has raised more than $2 million for mental health research over the past decade, with 100 per cent of donations going directly to research helping the one in five Australians affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

One of the largest independent funders of mental health research in the country, Australian Rotary Health was established in 1981 to research the mystery of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), leading to an 80 per cent reduction in SIDS deaths.

Since 2020 the organisation has focussed more on mental health, with much of its research based around the 0-12-years age group.

This was in response to research finding that 50 per cent of adults who experience mental illness first show symptoms by the age of 14, and early intervention in younger age groups can reduce the incidence of mental illness in later life.

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