by marian faa
A LOCAL hair salon is reaching deep to support the family and wider community of 14-year-old Amy 'Dolly' Everett who died by suicide this month.
In remembrance of Dolly on the day of her funeral, Hair Together and True Beauty pledged to donate $5 from every hair cut to Beyond Blue.
The nation-wide organisation supports people dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns, and is fitting with the theme of wearing blue to honour Dolly.
Hair Together and True Beauty have raised a generous $160, but senior stylist Angie Ollerton said the conversations that have arisen througout the day have been the most important thing.
"We get a lot of young girls come in, and we just wanted to raise awareness and show that you can open up,” Ms Ollerton said.
Hairdressers are renowned for being quasi-therapists, and Ms Ollerton said that talking and listening to people is one of the most important aspects of her job.
"Being in a salon we talk to a lot of people every day and people open up to us about their problems and I think it's nice to be able to do that,” she said.
"If someone isn't feeling good they can just come and get their hair done and have a chat.
"We have people come in who don't even have family and if they didn't have a hair salon to go to I sometimes wonder who would they talk to.
"No matter where you are you need to be able to talk to someone.”
The shock of Dolly's tragedy has touched hearts and reminded many to check in with children and teens who may be suffering in silence.
There has been an outpouring of support from people and businesses around the community and many people have worn blue - Dolly's favourite colour - in her memory.
If you or anyone you know needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit Lifeline.org.au