The Keypoint Law team is joining hundreds of people and workplaces across Australia who are colouring their hair during Mental Health Week (7-13 October) to raise funds and awareness for mental health research.
Keypoint Law, which has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane, is raising funds for the campaign Colour Your Hair for Mental Health, which will boost research into illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar.
“Mental health research is important for me because I have family members and friends who have struggled with mental health issues and finding cures or better treatments will make a big difference to so many people,” said Sarah Jones, who is a Consulting Principal at Keypoint Law and got the ball rolling with this initiative at Keypoint.
Nearly fifty per cent of Australians experience a mental illness at some time in their lives. Research helps identify preventative activities, improves treatments, and even leads to cures.
“This campaign is being supported by all the staff at Keypoint and we are hosting a lunch in our offices next week to open up valuable conversations about mental health. When I talk to people about what we’re doing they say that more needs to be done to reduce the stigma around mental health and they are happy to help such a great cause,” Sarah said.
Colour Your Hair for Mental Health is run by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), in Randwick in Sydney’s east.
The funds raised by Keypoint Law will help to make new discoveries that will help all Australians to have better mental health and reduce their risk of developing a mental illness.
Colour Your Hair for Mental Health is being run for the first time in 2019. So far, more than $56,000 has been raised to support ground-breaking research.
“Additional research is essential if we want to be more effective in reducing the impact of mental illness in Australia,” said Professor Peter Schofield AO, CEO at NeuRA.
“Mental health research informs government policy, improves clinical practice and frontline services, and benefits people impacted by illness. Our findings give hope to those in need and help relieve the burden of mental health across Australia,” he said.
To get involved, support Keypoint Law, or learn more, visit colouryourhair.com.au/. Keypoint’s fundraising page is here: https://my.colouryourhair.com.au/keypoint-law?tab=donations