Local Ballarat teams take a stand on Indigenous Suicide
At this year’s Statewide NAIDOC Football and Netball carnival in Ballarat on Saturday and Sunday October 14 and 15 2017, Team Lifeline, a local Indigenous Netball team took a stand on Indigenous suicide.
Team Manager Janet Muir said
“The majority of our team members have been directly affected by the death of a loved one through suicide.We all agreed that we need to reach out to our community and ask every person to seek help when they are struggling with life.”
Janet approached Lifeline Ballarat, seeking permission to call themselves ‘Team Lifeline’. The teams wore Lifeline uniforms and invited conversation with their opponents and supporters on why they chose to partner with and promote Lifeline.
At Lifeline we know Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience double the suicide rates of the general population in Australia. We know suicide has a devastating effect on Australian communities and in particular Indigenous communities.
With 3500 to 4000 participants, friends and family attending the Sports Carnival, it was an excellent opportunity to encourage everyone with this message: Help is available; Lifeline is there 24 hours a day seven days a week to support any person who is overwhelmed or thinking about suicide.
Team member Rachel Muir believes their team members each have a role to tackle suicide and reach out to friends and family who may be struggling.
“We all know the impact suicide has on many people in our community. We know many of us struggle to know what to do. This is one way we can start to make a difference in our community.”
The name of the carnival was Yannanayowoit Dullallally which means “Always Proud”.
Team Lifeline Division 3 team were winners of their division and they were extremely proud to represent Lifeline on the day.