Mates mullet up for mental health

Mates for mental health: Hayden Cornall (right) and Jack Tang are putting their mullets to good use. Photo: Scott Calvin
Mates for mental health: Hayden Cornall (right) and Jack Tang are putting their mullets to good use. Photo: Scott Calvin

Love them or hate them, in September you have to put up with them.

Much like there being a proliferation of moustaches during 'Movember', September is the month of the mullet.

Mullets for Mental Health is a fundraiser for the Black Dog Institute, and the Manning's Hayden Cornall and his mate Jack Tang are putting their hairstyles to good use.

They prepped their mullets in July, in order to be able to have more time spent fundraising.

Hayden's mum wasn't too keen on the new do, but the hairstyle barely raised an eyebrow with anyone else.

"My dad was just like, what have you done now?" Hayden said.

The boys are participating in Mullets for Mental Health not just to raise money, but to let people know there is somewhere they can reach out to if they're experiencing mental health problems.

"Mental health is not something boys really talk about, when they're going through a hard time," Hayden said.

"One of my mates just went through it and he had a really difficult time."

Hayden is backing his own fundraising campaign in a unique way. During September, he's going to add dollars for every beer he drinks.

"It's probably going to be a big month for me, trying to raise some more money! I'm trying to get a few mates on board as well," he said.

One in five people experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. Suicide is the leading cause of death among Australians aged 15-44, and approximately 60 per cent of Australians reporting symptoms of mental illness don't seek help, the Black Dog Insitute reports.

Hayden's fundraising goal is $2000. You can donate by visiting www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraisers/haydencornall/mulletsformentalhealth.

For more information about the Black Dog Institute visit blackdoginstitute.org.au.