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    One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in the course of their lifetime.

    October is Mental Health Month.

    In 2017, on average, twenty eight people attempted suicide each day and eight people completed suicide each day. Between 2016 and 2017 there was a 9.1% increase in people completing suicide.

    One death from suicide affects a whole network of people. Currently there are a third more people dying from suicide than the national road toll. This is an outrage and it should never be acceptable. All of us have a vested interest in our mental health and the mental health of those we love. It is personal.

    “I remember feeling that my life had purpose and there was a reason to stay alive after calling Lifeline. I was so sick of the routines in the mental health system. But, Lifeline is so accessible, unintimidating and immediate. They listen and care without judgement.” Sam

    The theme for Mental Health Month this year is ‘Share the Journey’.

    What can make life truly delightful are the connections we have with others. Sharing the journey of life makes life truly rich. The connections we have with others are good for our mental health. We, at Parramatta Mission, encourage individuals and communities to connect with others, recognising how important good mental health is for our well-being.

    We can share the journey by walking alongside people in our community in their recovery, as they build mental health resilience and strength.

    There are some practical things we can do. We can take time to look out for others. We can listen, connect and encourage others on their journey of life.

    We can share the journey with Lifeline Western Sydney by either making a donation or becoming a volunteer lifeline telephone counsellor.

    Lifeline Western Sydney, part of the network of Lifeline Australia, provides access to 24-hour phone and online support and suicide prevention services.

    Every year, approximately one million Australians access Lifeline phone and online support. This support is provided by trained crisis support volunteers.

    Join us in Mental Health Month by making a donation to Lifeline Western Sydney. All donations received will go towards the vital work and services provided by Lifeline Western Sydney.

    Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your donation will go a long way in supporting the much needed work of Parramatta Mission’s Lifeline Western Sydney.

    Blessings,

    Keith Hamilton
    Senior Minister / CEO Parramatta Mission

     

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