The Canadian Mental Health Association of Wood Buffalo is using the month of March to celebrate mental health awareness.
In partnership with the Alberta Teachers Association Local 48, CMHA Wood Buffalo is taking part in the March Mullets campaign to help end the stigma.
Students in the region will get to take part in the conversation on March 23 for their own “Wacky Hair Day” – which will be raising funds for programs at CMHA Wood Buffalo.
ATA Local 48 President Shannon Dube tells Mix News they’re trying to foster better mental health awareness for kids.
“It’s about recognizing when their plate becomes too full and being able to say no to things. Beyond that, just the language and the vocabulary to teach kids how we might identify these things as well as some coping strategies these kids might be able to work into their lives.”
Marketing and Community Education Strategist with CMHA Wood Buffalo Jasmeen Toor says it’s kind of like Movember but for mental health awareness.
“It really integrates mental health, especially with the men in our community and research shows that men are less likely to open up about their mental health issues than women. So, it is a great way to segway that into the population here.”
Anyone can take part by styling their own mullet or by purchasing a “mullet to go” through CMHA Wood Buffalo.
Toor says they are looking to raise five thousand dollars.
“That’s going to support mental health resources here in Fort McMurray. Whether it be from the programs that we put on or just helping clients individually and financially. So, all the funds will stay local and support all the initiatives CMHA puts on.”
CMHA Wood Buffalo is also asking participants to upload a selfie on social media with the tag ‘@CMHAWB’ and by using the hashtag “#MeMyselfAndMullet.”
More information is at cmhamullets.com.