Council's Crazy Hats for a Great Cause

Published on 09 October 2014

Council staff donned crazy hats last week (Oct 9) to support mental health research as part of its healthy workplace initiative.

Loddon Shire Council is participating in the Achievement Program which is a Healthy Together Victoria initiative, focusing on mental health and wellbeing, quitting smoking and participating in physical activity.

The hat day party was a fun way to shed light on the mental health message to staff.

Staff showcased their hats at a morning tea to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health research projects to find preventions, treatments and cures.

Funds raised support people affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, anorexia and other serious mental illness conditions.

Current research studies include identifying and addressing anxiety in toddlers, a school-based positive thinking program, trials of a suicide prevention campaign for young people, and a mobile phone-based intervention for improving mental wellbeing in young adults with diabetes.