My 23rd birthday is coming up and I miss my daddo!!!!
Brendan was a wonderful musician and partner to my mum, Penelope, as well as the loving father of my brother Maxwell and I, and the son of Pat, my nana.
Brendan fought mental illness throughout his life, including depression and schizophrenia. I was three when he died, just after he tried to commit himself to a psychriatric hospital, but he was turned away because the beds were full. Sadly this is the case for many, including in my home state of Tasmania, where patients are being discouraged and even traumatised from trying to seek help.
We will always miss our family and friends lost to suicide.
I am raising money for Lifeline because I believe it is a vital service - especially in the time of COVID-19, when so many people are under pressure from isolation, precarious employment and a sense of despair.
When Lifeline was cut in the NT in 2016 it was a great loss. I hope that it will continue to be funded so that it will reach all states in the country.
Please help me reach my goal. Every dollar counts!
Thank you in memory of Brendan and so many countless others,