There has not been a family who has not been affected by some mental illness issue in some time of their life. There will always be a degree of anguish and devastation and one must ask the question...how can you help? How can we help?

Today, more people will die from suicide than road accidents. It is the largest single cause of death for Australian men under 44 and women under 34.

One in four people will suffer from an anxiety issue

Consider, one in four in your workplace. How does this affect the economy, work productivity and personal lifestyle. Mental health in the workplace costs $5 billion a year. Not being able to work, or not being able to concentrate at work. Substance abuse is not an answer, it is a health problem. So, how can we help? Well today, as a very good start we are able to talk about mental illness, when once it was taboo. Have social attitudes changed? Is it okay to suffer from a mental illness? Is it okay to talk about it? Do we engage enough?

That is why Lifeline's 24 hour/seven days a week telephone crisis support service is very important and continues to save lives.

Giving back to the Community

Proud sponsors of Lifeline

La Trobe Financial sponsors the annual Melbourne Lifeline business luncheon attended by prestigious speakers such as former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove just to name a few. La Trobe Financial believes in giving back to the community and we have a long history of doing so in a number of ways. We implemented a program that invites our staff to volunteer their time, skills and resources working in the broader community with others, to impact positively on their local communities. Each staff member is encouraged to take two days off a year, on full pay, to work and provide assistance in community ventures/charities free of charge to the charity of their choice. Many work for Lifeline as volunteers.

"One thing that we all can do is recognise that we can all help someone with a mental illness. It is important to work together in our business environments and help our staff become more resilient. Remember, one in four of our work colleagues may suffer from anxiety" .
- Brian Ford