There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted the mental wellbeing of many people in our community. The crisis has taken lives and livelihoods and plunged people into a downward spiral of mental anguish and hopelessness.
Life Matters has re-opened our Hope Centre in Central Dunedin and is providing immediate in-person support to people in distress or experiencing suicidal thoughts. As people have emerged from the lockdown to a new ‘normal’ of financial uncertainty, anxiety, and loss, we have experienced an increase in demand for our support services.
This initial increase post lockdown is only the tip of the iceberg. Former Prime Minister's chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman advised the Epidemic Response Committee to expect 10% of the population to develop depression with some who are suicidal, based on other disasters. Anticipated unemployment figures, research, and health professionals point to a ‘tsunami’ of people reaching out for support.
You can keep the doors to the Hope Centre open through your generous donation or sponsorship of $445.
Life Matters has launched a fundraising campaign which gives you the opportunity to donate or sponsor a specific day or date of the Hope Centre. Is there a special day that has significance for you and your family? Is there a date that you and your workplace want to sponsor?
By sponsoring a day of the Hope Centre, you will help save lives. Your generosity will give people the opportunity to receive the support they need such as peer support, therapy and advocacy.
Life Matters does not receive any government funding and relies on donations and grants to help prevent suicide in our community.
Please visit www.lifemattersdaydate.co.nz to donate or sponsor today.
Every life matters.
Thank you very much for your support,
Corinda Taylor – General Manager