The paintings above from my brother Gary Doran aka Mars Solar 25.11.63 - 2.11.98
Today is a sad day for me. It's the 19th anniversary of my brother's death. Gary was an amazing artist, very talented; he also suffered from severe depression and when he chose to leave this world, a part of me died with him. You can read the story here but get your tissues out. According to national youth organisation, headspace, 75% of all mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. In fact, – a higher prevalence than any other age group in Australia. With suicide considered the leading cause of death in young people, the need for early intervention and holistic support is paramount. You have to wonder what is wrong with a world that people in a country like Australia, resort to taking their own lives?
When I was originally approached to write about Dessata (a professional hair detangling brand) and, no this is not a paid story, I nearly dismissed it straight away, until I read the press release and realised that Dessata, has partnered with headspace to raise awareness and funds to assist in the development of mental, physical, vocational and substance-related support programs.
To recognise the collaboration, Dessata has released an exclusive range of limited edition detangling brushes where $5 from every brush sold is donated to headspace. Titled All You Need Is Love, the colourful print pays homage to the flamboyant ‘flower power’ era of the 60’s and 70’s and celebrates the promotion of love, peace, equality and freedom.
#24hournobrushchallenge, is to encourage consumers and media alike to go without brushing their hair for 24-hours in order to raise awareness for headspace’s pioneering work. Take a photo of yourself after 24 hours of not brushing your hair using the limited edition Dessata detangler and post on Instagram or Facebook. You will be doing something good for the community and a random photo will win a hair care package.
More details here.
My Instagram #24nobrushchallenge here - I'm a Brand Ambassador for Franck Provost Double Bay and Franck Provost Paddington - they might not be too happy about the state of my hair before brushing it ;) lol