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Growing Mullets For Mental Health

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 get in on the conversation on March 23 for their own “Wacky Hair Day” – which will be raising funds for programs at CMHA Wood Buffalo.

Shannon Dube is the President of the ATA Local 48 for Fort McMurray and has played a big role in bringing the campaign to schools in the region.

She tells Fort McMurray 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."

Anyone can take part by styling their own mullet or by purchasing a “mullet to go” through CMHA Wood Buffalo.

Marketing and Community Education Strategist with CMHA Wood Buffalo Jasmeen 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."

Toor says it’s kind of like Movember but for mental health awareness.

She adds it's a fun way to initiate the conversations.

"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."

The public is also invited to a Music and Mullets event at the Wood Buffalo Brewing Company, on March 23.

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