Hillarys: former Eagle and wife team up with cafe for Mental Health Week event Not Alone

Sarah Osborne with Natalie and Chad Morrison. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d474923
Sarah Osborne with Natalie and Chad Morrison. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d474923

MENTAL health awareness is a cause close to former West Coast Eagles player Chad Morrison and wife Natalie.

Having both been affected by mental illness – Chad by depression and Natalie by anxiety – they launched a campaign last year to normalise conversations around the disorder.

The duo, who run ath-leisure label Acron Threads in Hillarys, created the Not Alone drive, which uses fundraising T-shirts as a “recognised sign of support for mental health”.

“We believe the more people see them, the more aware they will become and therefore the more mental health will become a ‘normal’ and accepted subject,” Ms Morrison said.

In light of Mental Health Week, the pair has teamed up with Hillarys cafe Lot One Kitchen to hold a Not Alone day on Saturday.

All staff will be wearing Not Alone shirts with customers encouraged to snap social media photos of themselves wearing their sunglasses upside down with the hashtag #notaloneteam.

Ms Morrison said the focus was on “fun for mental health by getting together with your loved ones… and putting on goofy big sunglasses upside down for a fun picture together”.

Not Alone T-shirts will be available for purchase with a portion of proceeds going to beyondblue.

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