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Windfarm generates gift

Thursday, 13th September, 2018

Silverton windfarm construction manager, David Simmonds, with Lifeline CEO, Scott Hammond. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Silverton windfarm construction manager, David Simmonds, with Lifeline CEO, Scott Hammond. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The company building the Silverton windfarm, Catcon, has raised $18,000 for Lifeline Broken Hill’s suicide prevention program. 

The money will be used to help the Eclipse Project, a support group for adults who have survived a suicide attempt.

The project will involve two staff from Broken Hill who will be trained in the Eclipse methods and a support group established for the eight-week trial. 

“The focus of the group is creating a safe space to talk about suicide attempts, offering emotional support, and explores coping strategies to help participants stay safe in the future,” said Devika D’Souza, Lifeline Youth Councillor and Eclipse Group Facilitator.

Lifeline’s CEO Scott Hammond said the donation was a wonderful contribution to their services.

“We have opportunities like this but don’t have funds to support but to have Catcon get on board and start a fundraising campaign has enabled this to happen,” Mr Hammond said.

“We extend thanks to everyone involved in raising the funds.” 

The Construction Manager of the Silverton windfarm, David Simmonds, runs an organisation called ‘One Life’ which aims at raising suicide prevention awareness in the fly-in fly-out industry. 

Mr Simmonds has been in the industry for 20 years and has lost seven employees to suicide.

“For me, coming from the ground up, I’ve experienced it all, all the way through so I can understand it all and wanted to give someone the opportunity to speak out.

“I thought ‘let’s raise some money for it, let’s talk about it.’

“It’s still taboo and we need to be talking about it and creating awareness.”

For more information about the Lifeline Eclipse Support Group, call the Lifeline Office on 8087 7525. One Life can be found on Facebook by searching ‘One Life Creating Awareness’.

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