Roma locals ‘shape their mullets’ for a good cause
APEX Roma and locals banded together to ‘shape their mullet’ to spark difficult conversations in the community about mental health and seeking help.
Apex Roma President Monique Roberston said mental health is an issue close to her heart and decided to ‘shape’ a mullet then thought it be great to see Apex get involved.
“It’s just about raising awareness and showing support and especially us coming together and participating in this event, raises that awareness and shows people this is a topic we need to talk about,” she said.
“We’re able to come together and have a laugh and get that conversation going.”
Apex Roma raised more than $1000 on the night with their new hairdos already proving to be successful.
“It has already helped at work – people who I didn’t have too much to do with previously came up to me asking about my mullet which then lead into that tough, deep conversation,” she said.
“It was certainly a tricky conversation.
“And so even if we get a handful of people to become aware that there are resources and people out there to talk to – we don’t know how many lives we could potentially change.”
Similarly, Owen Cocup the social director for Apex Roma and member Toby Dabron participated in the night.
“To be able to help men be aware that a lot of people go through tough times and battles, it’s something I’m happy to get involved in,” Mr Cocup said.
For Toby, he also ensures his work shirts are TradeMutt – colourful work shirts designed by a not for profit mental health support service - to also act as a conversation starter.
“When you see someone down the street and you think ‘well this person is open to that conversation’,” he said.
“I’ve lost around five mates in the last six years so it certainly hits close to home.
“There are a lot more blokes that deal with mental health than people think.”
Apex Roma would like to thank everyone who got involved – Sam Tjaden, Toby Dabron, Mitch Brialey, Jack Jones, Owen Cocup, Kyle Overton and Kelly Sutton at Salon 78 who cut Monique’s hair for free.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.