Dolphin leader and Paralympian, Monique Murphy, is helping reduce the stigma of mental health through her role as an AIS Lifeline Community Custodian.
Recently reinstated in the position for a second year, Murphy and Winter Olympian Belle Brockhooff, along with 21 fellow Olympic and Paralympic custodians, are raising funds for vital Lifeline services.
Working together, they have created a concept called Athletes for Lifeline, where each week a Lifeline Custodian will host a virtual check in and discuss a different topic – from Lego and a cooking master class, to a casual catch up with para basketballer and rower, Erik Horrie.
The check ins will have two different formats. The first being centred around Instagram Live to create awareness for the Lifeline phone number (13 11 14) and the second will utilise Zoom. Making a donation to Athletes for Lifeline will give you access to the exclusive Zoom content hosted by the custodians, where you’ll also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes.
The first virtual check in on Instagram Live kicks off today, Thursday 4 June, and features Murphy and MKR winner Jake Harrison, with the next two sessions airing on the following two Thursdays (11 & 18 June).
A cause close to Murphy, the Paralympic silver medallist said she was proud to be involved in such a crucial program.
“Each Lifeline Community Custodian has had their own unique experience with mental health, so we’re all very passionate about reducing the stigma and helping raise funds for this important service,” she said.
“We hope we can reach as many people as possible through our Athletes for Lifeline concept and encourage everyone to get involved and spread the message.”
Lifeline is a vital support for Australians, and in the wake of the Australian Bushfires and Covid Crisis, it has seen a 30 per cent increase in its services. Lifeline receives a call every 20 seconds to trained volunteers and it costs Lifeline $39 per call to answer.
To find out more information visit, Lifeline Australia.