We are thrilled to have formal permission from Lifeline Australia to fundraise!
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute. People call Lifeline’s about:
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Personal crisis
- Abuse and trauma
- Stresses from work, family or society
- Self-help information for friends and family
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. The overall suicide rate in 2014 was 12.0 per 100,000 in Australia. This is the highest rate in 10 years. The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2014) reports deaths due to suicide in 2014 at 2,864. This equates to almost eight deaths by suicide in Australia each day. Most deaths by suicide in Australia are males, accounting for about three-quarters. However, during the past decade, there has been an increase in suicide deaths by females.
The suicide rate amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is more than double the national rate. In 2014, suicide accounted for 5.2% of all Indigenous deaths compared to 1.8% for non-Indigenous people.
For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives. That is approximately 65,300 suicide attempts each year.
We have been in contact with Lifeline to let them know what we are planning, and we have received a wonderful email from their Community Fundraising Coordinator. Claire wrote us she is 100% behind our plan, and loves reading about Luna.
Paul’s psychiatrist Dr W was also intrigued with our plan and had some suggestions for people to contact along the way.
We are really feeling positive about planning for the trip, and the potential we have to reach out to Australians and let them know they’re not alone in their fight against the stigma of mental health concerns.
We also have official permission from mindDog supporting us during our epic journey!
It’s a great feeling to have letters of endorsement from both of our beneficiaries!
mindDog Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to help people procure, train and accredit psychiatric assistance dogs. A mindDog comes in many shapes and sizes, and may look different to other assistance dogs experienced by the public previously. Clients of mindDog are supported to find a suitable dog, train and eventually pass a public access test. Just like other assistance dogs, mindDogs are required access to public spaces in order to fulfill their duties.
An assistance dog (also known as a service dog) is covered by the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992. An assistance dog is trained to assist their handler in public and is guaranteed access to all public places including shopping centres, hospitals, public transport and restaurants. According to this Act, an assistance dog is trained to alleviate the effect of a disability and must meet standards of hygiene and behaviour.
These dogs assist people with mental health disorders whose lives are often severely compromised by anxiety and fear. With their mindDog they are able to travel on public transport, access public places and take part in social activities which have been closed off to them.
mindDog Australia operates solely by donations received and by their volunteers (no paid staff).
If you or a organisation/club you know would like to sponsor us, you can find ways to help us by referring to our Support Us page. If you would like to make a donation, you can do it on our My Cause page. If you would like us to attend a club or organisation to discuss our cause, you can contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.