What is Hat Day?
Hat Day is Australian Rotary Health’s community action and awareness day. Australian Rotary Health is Australia's largest non-government funding body of mental illness research. You can find out more about Hat Day by visiting the website www.hatday.com.au/ With one in 5 people in the community experiencing mental health issues, it is an issue which touches CFA. Each year Australian Rotary Health provides more than $2 million to fund research grants and scholarships. With your help they can support even more researchers and PhD students complete studies into mental health and illness.
What do I need to do?
We’d like to your brigade or workplace to raise funds to support mental health research. We suggest ‘passing a hat around’ at a brigade or workplace meeting that occurs on or around the 18th May 2012. We’ve love you to upload photos of your ‘Pass the hat around’ event to CFA Connect.
How do I get the donations I’ve collected to Australian Rotary Health?
There are a few ways you can easily make sure the money you’ve raised reaches Australian Rotary Health. You can:
•Post a cheque or money order made out to Australian Rotary Health to their secure mail box (make sure you attach your CFA Brigade name and contact details to the cheque or money order. Send it to Australian Rotary Health, PO Box 3455, Parramatta, NSW 2124
•Make an online donation from your credit card by going to the payment page https://www.australianrotaryhealth.org.au/Information-About/Supporting-ARH/Donations/Online-Donations.aspx. Ensure you fill in the message section with your CFA Brigade or workplace name. If you are making a personal donation, please fill in the message section with your CFA relationship e.g. CFA volunteer at XXX brigade or CFA employee at XXX location/Brigade.
All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Please call Australian Rotary Health on 1800 871 878 for further information on how to obtain a receipt.
If you have specific questions about Hat Day, visit the website in the first instance.
Mental illness affects many people in the community. Any CFA members struggling with mental illness can access CFA’s Welfare Services. Remember, any CFA member or immediate family member can access Welfare Services at any time.
Welfare services are short term in nature. Members with long term clinical or complex needs will be linked to appropriate services where relevant, such as internal services (WorkCover or Volunteer Compensation) and external community based agencies.
- Peer support can be accessed through the Regional Duty Officer, Officer in Charge, Line Manager, the Peer Coordinator or via the CFA Welfare line (ph 1800 628 616)
- Chaplains can be contacted directly or by contacting Converge International on 1800 337 068
- Psychologists/Counsellors can be contacted directly by contacting PPC Worldwide on1300 361 008
Your brigade or workplace may be interested in a presentation of the Welfare Services Awareness Package. This is a facilitated discussion that provides valuable information about Welfare Services and how to support colleagues and mates who are experiencing challenging circumstances. If you would like to book a Welfare Services Awareness Package presentation or have any comments about the Welfare Services programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org