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John Brogden -  new national patron for Lifeline

Release date: 20 April 2011

Lifeline is delighted to announce the appointment of John Brogden as National Patron, effective immediately.

Lifeline’s National Board appointed Mr Brogden as National Patron in recognition of his dedication and commitment to Lifeline and its purpose.  Mr Brogden has been a strong supporter of Lifeline for a decade and has been actively involved since 2007 as Patron of Lifeline NSW and more recently as a National Board Member.

“John is a passionate supporter of Lifeline, mental health and suicide prevention, and I am very proud to announce that he has accepted our invitation to become our National Patron,” Lifeline National Board Chair Graham Flower said today.

 “What makes John such a powerful and authentic advocate for Lifeline is his own personal experience with mental health.  John himself survived a suicide attempt and has shared his very personal story to promote help-seeking and the important work of Lifeline.  John brings practical knowledge and insight to the challenges faced by the Australians who contact us for help every day.

“This lived experience plays a vital part in both promoting the services of Lifeline and securing the funding we need to continue.”

John Brogden said he was looking forward to continuing his work with Lifeline in this new role.

“Lifeline’s telephone volunteers talk to almost half a million Australians in crisis every year and save lives every single day. Yet many people are unaware that Lifeline relies heavily on community support and donations. We’re certainly not entirely government funded, so helping to build awareness and raise funds for Lifeline is my focus for the immediate future,” Mr Brogden said.

Mr Brogden will take over from outgoing National Patron, Dr John Tierney, who has worked tirelessly in support of Lifeline for many years. 

“Dr Tierney has been instrumental in gaining vital support for Lifeline from the Federal Government at critical times over the last 10 years. His work literally saved Lifeline from financial crisis so we simply cannot thank him enough,” Mr Flower said.

For further information or comment contact: Chris Wagner – 0434 378 939

 

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