Coolamon’s Amy Evans to cut hair for mental health charities | The Daily Advertiser

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The Riverina woman knows all too well how hard it can be to fight mental health issues, but she is determined to spread the message that it’s okay to ask for help. Since her early twenties, Amy Evans of Coolamon has battled her mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. With the help of the Medication Support Network, Evans learned how to manage it. “I didn’t learn to hug her until I was in my thirties and not be ashamed or embarrassed about it,” she said. “I had to learn that it’s important to accept it and also be open with others and realize that many other people also struggle with mental health.” My husband was diagnosed in his early 30s with bipolar disorder, which was a rollercoaster of a trip, making us realize how important mental health support is. “In other news: Then in 2020, Ms Evans began working on the front lines of the construction industry as a manager. According to the Men’s Mental Health Forum, Australia loses a female worker to suicide every two days. The suicide risk for construction workers is 53 per cent higher than for other working men. Evans said it wasn’t until she worked directly in the industry that she realized how many workers are “struggling with their demons.” She said a lot of people have approached her, and she wants to help make talking about these issues a part of everyday life. “A lot of these guys are. They work long hours, are under constant pressure, and some are also far from their loved ones, Ms Evans said. “We’ve come a long way, but there is still a lot of stigma around reaching out and asking for help. I want to make talking about mental health in the construction industry the norm.” On December 13, Evans will shave her hair at the Barton Highway promotion construction site, where she has been working full time for the past 15 months. Her GoFundMe page has already exceeded her $5,000 goal, and Evans said she was grateful for the support. She has chosen to donate money to TIACS, Riverina Bluebell and Murrumbidgee Men Group and donate her locks to Hair with Heart. “At the end of the day, you never know what someone is going through, which is why it’s so important to have organizations like this out there to help,” she said. “Also, with everything going on in the world, it’s been a challenging year for everyone, so take a minute or two to ask your co-worker, family member, or someone if they’re OK.” Let’s help support each other and talk about mental health is normal and regular. To find out more or donate, click here. If this story raises a concern, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Our journalists work hard to bring up-to-date local news to the community. This is how you can continue to access trusted content:

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