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More power to them, says thankful Lifeline

Saturday, 7th May, 2016

Lifeline Broken Hill and Cavpower have got together in support of men’s mental health in the city. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke Lifeline Broken Hill and Cavpower have got together in support of men’s mental health in the city. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

Broken Hill’s Cavpower has taken a step towards helping prevent male suicide.

The equipment rental agency is selling raffle tickets for a $1,200 Engel fridge-freezer over the coming month and donating all the proceeds to Lifeline Broken Hill.

The decision to donate the money to Lifeline came from acting Service Manager Chris Collins, Product Sales’ Kym Holdaway and their fellow Cavpower social group members.

Mr Collins said depression and anxiety can cause suicide if men do not seek help so it was decided to go through Lifeline to lend their support.

“It was really important for us that the money stays locally,” he said.

“It’s hard sometimes for us men, especially the younger ones, to know where to go and what to do.

“As a group, it was an easy decision to give the proceeds to Lifeline.”

Lifeline’s Jonnah Ortega was over the moon about Cavpower’s decision.

“We are really grateful and we’re really thankful for the initiative that Cavpower have taken,” she said.

“To have them come on board is a significant step to highlighting the importance of men’s mental health, especially in Broken Hill where there is a bit of ‘macho’ expectation of men.

“Eight Australians lose their life through suicide each day. Three out of five deaths by suicide are male and it’s mostly in rural areas.

“This partnership and this donation are really critical to men’s health in the local area.”

Ms Ortega said the money raised will help with the provision of Lifeline’s men’s mental health and community awareness campaigns.

“In a male dominated community like ours, it is critical for men to have access to services if they are in crisis,” she said.

“We want to able to continue to promote programs and face-to-face counselling for men who already find it hard to reach out for help.”

Tickets for the raffle are on sale at Cavpower’s office at 1 Kanandah Road.

They will also be available at Cavpower’s stall at Agfair this weekend on Lot 15, 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

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