Mental health challenge for Berowra Julian Leeser, Federal Member for Berowra and suicide awareness advocate
had been brought together for a common cause. I have challenged our community leaders to sign a pledge to roll out Lifeline’s ‘Accidental Counsellor’ training across their organisations over the next 12 months. Within days more than 20 organisations had already taken the pledge.
Sadly, eight people die by suicide in this country every day, and in our local area, there have been 106 suicides in the decade to 2016. However, as the parable of the starfish thrower tells us, we can save one person’s life at a time.
As someone bereaved by suicide, I don’t want another family to experience the grief and loss that we faced after my father’s death by suicide in 1996.
Since Dad’s death I have reflected on his behaviour the week before he died. Like so many families we were always a family that hugged each other but the week before dad died he started to give us these very long hugs. Like many men, my father was always proud of his parking but the week before he died he didn’t seem to care.
Julian Leeser with the three speakers from the training (L to R) Daniel Merzrani who spoke about his experience, Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury CEO Wendy Carver and Cutty Felton, Lifeline trainer.