A fundraiser at the Oriental Hotel last month raised awareness and funds for Black Dog – a research institute that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness and the stigma around it, to actively reduce suicide rates.
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The Mudgee Races Calcutta Night, organised by Gulgong real estate agent Bruce McGregor and publican Des Kennedy, raised $2500 on November 30.
Evan Jackson, from Black Dog, said Bruce contacted them two years ago to become a member of Team Black Dog.
“He noticed that in the area it’s affected farmers and people that haven’t been talking about it openly and Bruce wanted to really break the stigma surrounding mental health in Mudgee and Gulgong,” Evan said.
“We’re trying to make people aware that there are places they can seek help even if it’s via online e-mental health programs such as My Compass or Snap Shot.”
Suicide is the leading cause of death in the 15 to 44 age group within Australia.
Further information can be found online at blackdoginstitute.org.au.
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