Lifeline announces National Ambassador DJ Tigerlily,
launches marathon effort to stop suicides
Lifeline Australia has today announced Dara Hayes – DJ Tigerlily – as a National Ambassador, launching a fundraising campaign that will see her run the NY Marathon for the charity later this year.
The popular 24-year-old musician has been outspoken on a range of issues, from mental health and body image to online bullying to social media, and hopes to make a bigger difference in her new role.
“Suicide prevention and positive mental health are issues that are very close to my heart,” Ms Hayes said.
“Over the past ten years I've struggled with my own mental health battles – from beating anorexia as a teen and dealing with severe anxiety attacks to, now, trying to manage an ongoing battle with stress and self-concept.
“In becoming a Lifeline Ambassador, I want to ensure more young people grow up in an environment where they feel safe and supported to speak about their own experiences with suicide, as well as depression, anxiety, isolation, and pain.”
Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel thanked Ms Hayes for her ambassadorship and decision to run the NY Marathon in November.
“Dara is an incredibly talented and inspirational young woman,” Mr Shmigel said. “She understands the positive influence she can have on other young Australians, whether it be through her music, social media channels or through running a marathon in the name of suicide prevention.
"Together with Dara, we hope to take further steps to tackle the national suicide emergency faced in Australia. We can do this through promoting connection, compassion and conversation – key barriers to suicidal behaviour.
“While Lifeline does not have the resources to immediately answer the estimated one million calls to its 13 11 14 crisis line this year, Dara’s fundraising campaign will go some way to helping us ensure no suicidal person has to be alone.”
To support Dara’s NY Marathon fundraiser, click here.
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.