Canberra Raiders grow mullets for mental health awareness

Some of the hairier than usual Raiders. Picture: Supplied
Some of the hairier than usual Raiders. Picture: Supplied

How good must it feel charging towards the try line, feeling the wind in your hair? Well, more than a few Canberra Raiders have a better chance of enjoying that feeling as they start to sport some pretty impressive mullets.

The Raiders are taking part in the Black Dog Institute's Mullets for Mental Health initiative, and they're looking all business in the front, party in the back.

Josh Papalii, Curtis Scott, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Elliott Whitehead and John Bateman are all taking part, as well as younger squad and staff members. Throughout September, they will be sporting mullets and raising funds to show support for mental health research.

The Raiders hope to raise $10,000 for the cause. Hopefully, the mullets won't have any detrimental aerodynamic impact.

In-form Englishman Elliott Whitehead was one of the players growing a mullet, and sounded a little jealous of some of his hirsute teammates.

"Especially Papalii, when he broke away over there, it looked good flowing in the background," Whitehead said.

"I think mullets are more an Australian thing. Back in England, there are a few people who do grow them and stuff, but it's not the biggest trend back in England. But it's good to take part and do something different with my hair for a change."

The Black Dog Institute says one in five people will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. Roughly 60 per cent of these people won't seek help.

You can help the Raiders reach their goal for the institute by donating at

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