Sep 6, 2016
CARS FOR HOPE TO FEATURE AT THE ISLAND
The Shannons Nationals presented by Penrite is proud to team up with Cars For Hope at the next round of the Nationals, held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.
The joint effort will see over 120 racing cars wearing Cars For Hope stickers throughout the event in support of mental health awareness and World Suicide Prevention Day, which is held annually on 10 September.
Cars For Hope has been working towards eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness including suicide, and their stickers are a key symbol of hope for people who have experienced or are affected by a mental health disorder.
"Motor sports is a fantastic Australian spectacle and a great opportunity to reach out to those who have been affected by, or know someone who is experiencing mental illness," Founder and Director Albert Nghiem said.
"What could start off as light-hearted banter about a common interest in motor sports could be a conversation that saves a life."
In Australia, eight people are taken by suicide each day with six of them being men and in 2014 there were 2,864 registered deaths by suicide, which was more than double the Australian road toll in the same year.
Those statistics are just some of the harrowing statistics surrounding mental health, but by encouraging people to start a conversation and open up about mental health we are many steps closer to more people seeking the professional help they need and deserve.
If you feel you are in crisis or would like to talk to someone about how you have been feeling, please call Lifeline on 13 11 44 or chat to someone online at lifeline.org.au