Australian Rotary Health (ARH)
Hat Day Lift the LID
October 10th is “Hat Day” so Tuesday 12th is as close as we at Pakenham can get.
Wear a funny hat (all of mine are funny!) on Tuesday night and donate $5 to ARH- just pay into the Project Acc with your name as reference. If you don’t wear a HAT you may like to donate a higher amount- or the sergeant will remember.
1 in 5 Aussies are affected by a mental illness every year, but it’s not something we tend to talk about. These illnesses include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, dementia, schizophrenia and many more. This is why it's so important that we Lift the Lid on Mental Illness by funding mental health research.
By supporting Hat Day, you’ll be making a real difference by helping to raise funds for important research focusing on early intervention and prevention of mental illness in young people aged 0-25. To find out about the types of research your donations could go towards,
check out 'The Research Behind Lift the Lid' podcast here on YouTube. 
How many people experience mental illness?
• Almost one in five Australians (20%) will experience a mental illness in a 12-month period.
• Nearly half (45%) of the population will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives.
• At least one third of young people have had an episode of mental illness by the time they are 25 years old.
• Mental illnesses are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia.
• Anyone can develop a mental illness and no one is immune to mental health problems.
What are the most common mental illnesses?
• Anxiety disorders affect around 14% of the adult population every year.
• Depression affects around 6% of the adult population every year.
• The remainder are affected by substance abuse disorders, psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, and other conditions. Many people have more than one diagnosis.
What are the chances of recovering from mental illness?
Most people with mental illness recover well and are able to lead fulfilling lives in the community when they receive appropriate ongoing treatment and support. However, only about half of those affected actually receive treatment. The majority of people who develop anxiety disorders and depression improve over time with appropriate treatment and support.
What can we do to improve these outcomes?
We believe continuing to create public awareness to break down stigma and raising funds for mental health research is a positive step to improving these outcomes. Lift the Lid on Mental Illness is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest non-government funders of mental health research in Australia. You can help raise money for Lift the Lid during Mental Health Month (October) by hosting a Hat Day event, setting up Lift the Lid awareness stands in your local area, or donating at
Where do donations go?
100% of the money raised for Lift the Lid on Mental Illness goes directly to funding mental health research through Australian Rotary Health (ARH). ARH PhD and Project Grants are used to develop and trial preventions and treatments for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses.
Sources -
Black Dog Institute:
Mental Health Foundation Australia:
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