Men­tal health chal­lenge for Berowra Ju­lian Leeser, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Berowra and sui­cide aware­ness ad­vo­cate

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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.

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