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Let's talk mental health and suicide

Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street Sydney Saturday 23 February 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Community events , Information sessions

Let's talk mental healthIn 2017, suicide was the leading cause of death in Australia among people aged between 15-44 years, and the second leading cause of death among those 45-54 years of age.

It’s time to start talking about it.

Rotary Club of Sydney in partnership with Wesley LifeForce invite you to join Keith V Garner AM, Wally Lewis AM, Dr Andrew Rochford, Christine Morgan, Graeme Cowan and others for a day discussing the causes of suicide and examining what can be done to support those at risk.

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When: Saturday 23 February 2019, 10.00am–4.00pm

Where: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney


$50 (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
$40 for students



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Keith V Garner AM

CEO and Superintendent of Wesley Mission and President of the Rotary Club of Sydney, Keith V Garner AM is known for his strong sense of social justice and compassion. Keith is a public advocate for issues such as homelessness, household debt, financial stress, and the care of the vulnerable. Mr Garner will outline the value of talking openly about mental health and suicide in our community during his talk, and how we can build resilience in our community.  

Dr Andrew Rochford

Dr Andrew Rochford is one of Australia's most popular media personalities and medical health experts, best known for his appearances on Channel's Nine's The Block, Channel Seven News as National Health Editor and The Project on Channel 10. He now co-hosts Channel 10's Primetime quiz show Pointless 5 nights a week. An authoritative voice on current health practices, especially preventative health, digital health innovation, mental health and health issues facing men.

Wally Lewis AM

Wally Lewis AM is a legendary Australian professional rugby league player and former coach, who became a commentator for sport coverage on Nine Network. Wally has battled epilepsy from a young age, and will draw on his life lived experiences of epilepsy and depression during his talk, focusing on his hard-fought road to recovery.

Christine Morgan

Christine has been CEO of the Butterfly Foundation since 2008, and in that time has grown Butterfly into a widely respected and highly successful national organisation supporting and advocating for consumers with eating disorders and their carers in Australia.  This year, Butterfly’s advocacy has led to the federal government announcing initial funding to develop Australia’s first national residential treatment facility for eating disorders and a dedicated Medicare item number improving affordability of eating disorders treatment. Christine’s depth of experience as a leader and an advocate within the mental health sector has culminated in her recent appointment to CEO of the National Mental Health Commission which she will take up in the coming months.

Graeme Cowan

Graeme Cowan is one of Australia's leading experts in building resilience and engagement in the workplace. An author, media commentator and Charity Director, Graeme was motivated to create a program for leaders to help become more agile, resilient and avoid burnout after of his own mental breakdown during the tech crash in 2000. Through research undertaken for his four published books and helping to start suicide prevention charity R U OK?, he discovered simple rituals that can increase wellbeing and effectiveness, which he will expand on during his session.

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For more information, call 1800 100 024 or email

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