Rosie

Mullets For Mental Health 2021

Wear. Share. Care.

This September I will be attempting to raise money, and spread awareness for mental health, while sharing some of my story for the first time. My personal slogan for September is Wear, Share, Care. 

WEAR - your heart on your sleeve. 

SHARE - your emotions, feelings and story. 

Care - for other peoples health and mental state, and most importantly YOUR own.

I'm all ears for Black Dog Institute's Mullets for Mental Health. 

1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that’s around 5 million people. And roughly 60% of these people won’t seek help.

For the month of September I will be sporting a mullet and raising funds to show support for mental health research.

Please donate and support my mullet and empower everyone in Australia to look after their mental health. 

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Blog 4 Signs and Symptoms

Thursday 16th Sep
We are half way through September and the mullets are growing and spreading their message. 
Today I just wanted to quickly discuss some signs and symptoms for depression and share some symptoms I’ve encountered over the years.  One of the hardest things we all find is realising or noticing when anyone we know might be struggling inside. It’s never an easy task, and differs for everyone, so the more we can learn about what to maybe look for the more chance we may have of picking up if something doesn’t feel right. Picking up on someone else’s struggles is one thing, but more importantly realising that some actions/ feelings from yourself may be your body trying to tell you somethings not right. I’m sure each and every person who is doing it tough will experience different feelings, be it physically or mentally, but there will always be some signs that if we are honest about will push us towards realising some isn’t right. 
At my darkest times the overwhelming anxiety and negativity led me to not having the energy to get out of bed at times, but during my treatment and still now, I also found out some other things that I thought to be unrelated were in fact related and opened my eyes to what you can feel during bad times. 
Over the years I would right notes on my phone of things I was feeling so next time I had a doctors appointment I could find out what was wrong with me. (Of course always fearing the worst). 
The few things below I’ve experienced at different times and still do now are a few things along with others, that when I first experienced them I was sure they weren’t related and to my diagnosis and being in that negative frame of mind, assumed something terrible was happening to me. 
Light/ Dizzy Head 
Tight Chest
Memory Loss - as if I’d been knocked out or black out drunk the night before, even if I hadn’t drunk anything 
Finding myself questioning everything, even to the point of existence. 
Once discussed I realised these were all related to my mental health and proved to me, that our mental health state is just as important as our physical state. 
These are just a few of my symptoms I wanted to share but like I said, they vary for everyone and id encourage everyone to check out the signs and symptoms info on the Black Dog Institute website to better understand them for yourself and others. 
Thankyou everyone for your support thus far in helping me spread the awareness. 
Rosie 

Le Mullet

Tuesday 31st Aug
Gladys has got the hairdressers shut, so a home job it was. Couldn’t wait till sept 1 so time to form the #mulletsformentalhealth I wanted to add something a little extra so went with the semicolon! In literature, a semicolon symbolizes the continuation of a sentence rather than an ending. ... It lets people know that life, like a sentence, can go on. Our stories aren’t over yet and we should tell them!! I’m all ears this September and beyond raising awareness for mental health. Please reach out any time. Swipe for some action shots ft the kids. Big Thanks to Lindsay for the chop! @blackdoginst https://www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraisers/chrisrose

Battle Never Lies - Battle is the truth

Sunday 22nd Aug

Blog 3 

Battle Never Lies - Battle is the truth 

Simple words but a great message that I love. 

Battle - A sustained fight between or, too engage in a fight or struggle against. 

Most of us have faced or will face some form of battle in our lives, some more than others, some bigger than others and some may handle their struggles with ease whilst others with great difficulty. 

We may battle them daily and for different reasons but I believe as says above, battle never lies, there is no where to hide from it, once your engaged in it, often not by choice, to be able to take it on, we must look it straight it in the eyes and discover the Truth. 

I wish to speak briefly on one of my and many others like me’s battle, mental health and mainly depression. 

For me it’s been going on for around 10 years now, maybe longer, but I officially started the fight by deciding to go and see someone. It’s a constant fight and one that continues to this day and May last for the rest of my life, but let’s hope not. The diagnosis of depression was definitely a positive stepping stone helping me to realise, that the feelings being experienced might not be normal, but there is reasoning behind them and there is a path to recovery. My journey so far has involved doctor and psychologist visits on and off over this period and medication to get me through the days to date. To me this was my truth, and although at times I’ve tried not to believe it, my battles to this day don’t lie. 

Although some battles have to be fought alone, like in a boxing ring, I’m finally coming to terms with the fact these mental battles we face, do not have to be taken on by ourselves. There is help out there offered and for us to take advantage off. It may not be the Kryptonite to your problems but it can assist you in starting to build an Arsenal to assist your fight. Although it is hard, family, friends or professionals can’t help us fight a battle they don’t know we are fighting. 

This is one of the reasons I am taking part in mullets for mental health this September, hoping to help those with their own struggles, raise money and spread awareness. Hopefully I can shed more light on my stories over the next 5 weeks to help me achieve what I am hoping too. 

Wear your heart on your sleeve. 

Share your emotions, feelings and story 

Care for others and yourself. 

Smile CAUSE you mean it

Tuesday 17th Aug
Blog 2
Once again thankyou to all who have donated as I head towards Mullet Day on September 1. As promised I wish to spread awareness during this experience and discuss things mental health related to continue to break down that stigma. 
I am in no way shape or form an expert or anything close too, in regards to this topic, and some may totally disagree with my perception or views, but I wish to increase the conversations around our mental health, in the hope that it may resonate with some whilst also assisting myself to continue to learn and understand the issues so many of us including myself may be experiencing or experience at some point in our lives. 
The smile is a beautiful expression all humans use to show our happy feelings, greet somebody or even just a natural reaction to something of beauty, or an act that we find uplifting. We often personify people off their smile and smiles can have hugely positive effects on not only the smiler but anyone who witnesses someone else's smile. The smile is the perfect way for us to portray all these positive, fond or excited type feelings and I'm sure most would agree the world is a better place with more people smiling, when the expression is used for these above reasons. 
The thing that makes me feel a little anxious and scared sometimes is the thought, that maybe too many of us are hiding behind our smiles. Do we too often use our smiles as a "smokescreen" to hide our true feelings and personal thoughts and make it virtually impossible for anyone to see any signs, if something is not quite right on the inside? We are often clueless when someone we know or love is hurting and unfortunately, it is only discovered, after it is too late to help. It makes me think that, if we were all as confident to express our not so happy feelings, as we are to Smile and laugh during the good times, could we in fact be helping each other, help each other? Could that slight expression change when your feeling a little down, spark a question or conversation from a loved one or friend, which ultimately could assist you address the issues in which were making you feel this way? It is so important for us to try to pick up on the signs when someone is having trouble, but as people, if we could Wear Our Heart on Our Sleeve's a little more and Share our feelings and emotions, it just may make those signs a little easier to find. 
If you have made it this far thankyou for taking the time to read and I hope it was worth it. 
Let's all Smile CAUSE we Mean it, not like we mean it. 
Rosie

Facts and Figures

Friday 13th Aug
Massive Thankyou to everyone showing support already, early in this journey. Please keep sharing and spreading the awareness. 
Today I'd just like to talk to some brief statistics about Mental Health in general, to show why I am so passionate about spreading the message and breaking down that stigma. 
Mental Illness in Australia
Mental Illness is very common, ONE in Five (20%) of Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in ANY YEAR.  **consider how many people are in your family or friends circle, for a little perspective. 
Almost HALF of Australians (45%) will experience a mental illness in their LIFETIME. 
Australian YOUTH (18-24 years old) have the HIGHEST prevalence of Mental Illness than any other age group. 
54% of people with a mental illness DO NOT access any treatment. 
To me this next one is the most important and the figures show why:
ACCESS to treatment is ESSENTIAL as approximately 75% of people admitted to public sector mental health inpatient services IMPROVE NOTABLY. 
Seeking Help CAN Help!
Enjoy the Day and keep helping me spread the word. 
Figures shared from the Black Dog Institute
#mulletsformentalhealth #blackdoginstitute

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Lauren

Great work Chris! Our community is so lucky to have someone like you so passionate about raising awareness & keeping the message of Wear, Share, Care going.

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Gbe

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Joe Spicer

🐯🏆🌷

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Gino Jen And Joey Xxx

Such a worthy cause! Thank you for your honesty and support. Love Gino Jen and Joey xxx

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Nick

Love your work mate

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Shaun & Gem

Good on ya mate. Great cause.. 👍

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Jase Webb

Love your work Rosie, your a champion and a bloody good egg mate 💙

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Good on you mate!

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From the CEO Electrical family

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Love you Chris 💙

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Great stuff Chris. 😉👍

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Absolute legend! ❤️ Royce & Mon

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Glen Marley

Fantastic effort Rosie! Go the mullet mate!

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Joanne Walliss

lots of love always Chris xxx

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Liam Kenneally

Good work Rosie Ow!

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Jed Pearce

Well done mate

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Poon

Absolute Legend! Love ya mate!

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Proud of you, keep doing what you do 🤍

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Glenn & Beckie Harris

Love what you are doing Rosie & wish you all the best mate.

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Lovely work mate ✊🏻

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Keep up the good work Chris

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What does one say? ❤️👍🏽

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Sarah W

Nice work Rosie x

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Great work Rosie ❤️

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Sam Johnson

Well done Chris xx such a great cause to support & draw awareness to.

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Toni, Paul And Kids

A great way to start some hard conversations mate. Keep on keeping on x

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Annette Rose

Thank you for your ongoing care and work supporting mental health. Well done Chris.

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Jake, Emily & Archer Rose

Proud of you Chris. 💙

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Alyssa Ziegler

xoxo

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Matt Jones

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Shaun Smith

Awesome work Rosie! Good stuff 👍🏽

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Scott & Trish

Great job Rosie

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Mj & I Pigram

Great work, Chris! xo

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The Somervilles

Hi Chris Just a little donation from The Somervilles for a great cause. Keep going and well done 👍

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Colin Mylonas

A great program which helps loads of people, well done.

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Toby Bristow

Great stuff brother 👍🏻

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Ash And Fam

Worthy cause. Proud of you 👍

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❤️

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❤️

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Mitch Goodsall

Mitch Goodsall

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Lauren Webb

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Carlie Webb

Great work Rosie- love the Skeers crew 🤍

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Lori Young

🤍

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Wakey

Your a legend mate.

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Mark Cooper

Way to go Chris smashed it

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Chels Tout

❤️ proud of you

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Lucy & Matt Pearce

Wonderful effort Rosie!

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Jarrod & Shell

Good stuff mate. A mullet on your head will definitely spark conversation 😆😆😆👍🏻🍻🍻

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The Smiths

Chris you reached out to someone close in a time of need , we will forever be grateful you are truly inspirational 💕

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Kim Rose

Love you Chris 💙

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Mazza

Good on you mate ❤️

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Craig Ferguson

Hate Mullets Rosie but Love what you do each day.

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Cara

Well done Rosie

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Mark Hawthorne

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Shannan,shane,jayda,oscar,lilly & Benny Bartlett

We’ll done Chris 👍🏻

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Jarrod Crane

This is why you’re someone I’ve looked up to since I was a young kid. Great stuff mate.

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Logan Elphick

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Won-door Australia

Awesome work Chris!

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Linley Jones

Good stuff Rosie!

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Mat Rose

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Billy Owen

Love it brother x

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David Bugden

Good onya mate, we’ll done and I hope you reach your target - cheers Buggo.

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David Crossley

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Mark Elphick

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Briony

Well done Rosie 👍👏

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James

Great stuff mate

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Robert Nuttall

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Michelle Denning

❤️xx

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Larissa Freestone

Your a legend great work mate! 💕

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Great cause well done Mate!!!

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Champion

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Adam & Nicole Cuthbertson

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Dan And Bonita

Great work mate, your a top bloke 🙌

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Melita

Donating as I saw this on Michael Kenny’s page. Mike is a wonderful human - long story there - you will know him as Mick or another Nick name - he is still Mike to me. However the donation is in honour of my mum who committed suicide and left behind a two and a half year old (me) and a 2 month old (my brother).

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Kate Marley

Awesome stuff Rosie 💙

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Mitch Grant

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Pat Ferguson

Chris happy to support your cause and if it gets people to come and talk that’s what’s needed and mate if you ever want to promote it on the my sports show or on a Friday with mitch and I not a problem

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Orey Smart

How ya going mate

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Doug N Leanne Mcdonnell

Awesome work Rosie

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Kristen Bartlett

Great Job Chris from Kritta

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Cameron

Awesome work mate!

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Laura Walliss

Good on you Chris! X

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Casey Hillier

Joey would be proud xx

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Visser

Love from Visser ❤

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Good stuff mate ❤️ Keep up The good work

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Gabe

You are a good man Chris, well done for all you do for this cause ❤️

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Damien Dickinson

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Great work 💕

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Brooke Stanford And Family

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James

Keep it up brother