Local sparky, James Waters has put his hand up to make a difference, and will shave off his dreadlocks for beyondblue.
A third-year apprentice with Laser Electrical Keith, James is also offering the first cut to the highest donation, such is his commitment to the cause.
In Australia, an estimated 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million people have anxiety.
James said, “after witnessing the effect of mental health on people close to me, I believe there is a need to raise awareness and money to help the fight against mental illness.”
James’ employer and Managing Director of laser Electrical Keith, Stewart Stone is supporting his apprentice in highlighting the importance of mental health.
“We are becoming more and more aware of mental health issues in the electrical industry and, in other regionally based industries.”
Stewart has seen firsthand, the impact of depression at the workplace.
“Being a business in a regional area, we are taking the first steps in creating a mentally healthy workplace.”
In statistics around depression and suicide, trades, small business owners, apprentices and regional areas are all over represented, making the cause close to the businesses heart.
HR Manager, Madeline Cadzow said, “our aim with supporting James and raising funds for beyondblue is to also raise much needed awareness within our local community and in other regional areas.
“We want to also encourage people to start talking about mental health issues.”
Stewart said “we hope that by talking openly about mental health, people with be inspired to seek help if they need to.”
Laser Plumbing & Electrical, Australia’s largest network of plumbers and electricians, have supported the work of beyondblue for a number of years, raising over $250,000 through various events including riding postie bikes from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and walking the Kokoda Track.
This year, over 30 plumbers and electricians will ride from Melbourne to Cairns, raising money for beyondblue along the way.
As part of the event, Members from around Australia and New Zealand are joining in with fundraising events to assist the organisation in their work.
People wishing to donate to James’ cut or, have the ‘first cut’ should contact the team at Laser Electrical Keith on 08 8755 3274.
James will cut his hair in April with details to be confirmed.