Council Outdoor staff go Orange for Black Dog Institute
Cessnock City Council’s outdoor crews are doing their bit to raise awareness and funds for the Black Dog Institute.
The community will notice outdoor crews proudly wearing orange high-vis shirts featuring the Black Dog Institute’s logo over the next few months. The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent, applauded staff for this initiative and helping start an important conversation in the Cessnock Local Government Area about mental health.
“I’m very proud that Council staff are shining a spotlight on mental health by participating in the initiative. We all understand just how prevalent mental health is in our community and that it’s something we can talk about openly.”
“Research shows men in particular find it hard to ask for help if they are struggling so it is fantastic to see so many males in our organisation getting involved.”
Council’s Director of Works and Infrastructure, Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said this is the fourth workplace charity initiative.
“We have a great workplace community who are always looking for ways to support their broader community. It’s warming to see staff getting involved in these wonderful initiatives.”
This initiative forms part of an employee giving program where staff can make a donation to the Black Dog Institute. Funds raised will help improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions. For more information on the Black Dog Institute visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/.