More than $1000 has been raised at two recent events - the Lift the Lid for Mental Health fundraiser bbq and cake stall and an extra Bunnings BBQ on the long weekend. 
 
Rotary Club members from Springwood were on a mission to ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’ by raising money for mental health research this October for Mental Health Month.
Almost one in five Australians will experience a mental illness every year, and nearly half of the population (45%) will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives.
Lift the Lid on Mental Illness is a National mental health fundraising and awareness initiative of Australian Rotary Health, that aims to raise funds for mental health research and ultimately improve the lives of all Australians.
Rotarians across Australia took part to help, with The Rotary Club of Springwood hosting a “Springtime in the Garden” BBQ and cake stall on Thursday October 10 at Bunnings Valley Heights.
Bunnings hosted the BBQ and 100% of funds raised will support mental health research.
Australian Rotary Health CEO Joy Gillett OAM said she hopes the campaign will encourage not only Rotarians, but the wider public to support mental health research.
“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by mental illness in some point during their lives, so if anything, please consider that you will be helping them and many others if you decide to make a donation,” Ms Gillett said. 
“Our research has already focussed on areas such as anxiety and depression, substance abuse and self-harm and suicide. But there is so much more we can do with your help.”
To make a donation or find out more about Rotary's commitment to mental health research, visit www.australianrotaryhealth.org.au or www.hatday.com.au