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(noun) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

What is Resilience?

In the regional town of Lithgow located two hours west of Sydney NSW, there have been a high number of individuals taking their own life in the past year. A team of current and former residents of Lithgow have now banded together and decided to give back to the community and create Resilience 2018.

Resilience 2018 is a one day festival designed to shed light on services available in the community to reach out to, showcase the range of activities and groups in the area to improve well being and live music featuring a mix of both premium Australian artists along with local talent.

Our vision is to breakdown the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and suicide prevention, as well as donate money back into the local community to help improve services in the region. There is a need to bring the community closer and support each other through these times and we encourage everyone to get involved.

Reflect, Recover, Live… Resilience!

Donations

We want to give back to our community as well as bring it closer together through this time and help push services to become available in the area. The idea of this is to help cover costs for the festival, any additional money raised will all be donated to a charity which will be confirmed closer to the date.

If you would like to make a donation to Resilience Festival to help get the event organised, you can make a donation on our GoFundMe page.

Want to know more?

In late 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released their latest information regarding suicides which showed that the rate of suicide had decreased in 2016 after a 10+ year high in 2015.

Males (all ages)   Females (all ages)
Ages 0 to 14   Ages 20 to 24

  • In general, there has been a rise in suicides since 2007.
  • The suicide rate for males aged 0-24 had increased.
  • Suicide among men of all ages is 75% of the overall number.
  • Between ages 20-24, there had been an increase for both genders.
  • In 2016, deaths by self inflicted harm equates to almost 8 a day.
  • These statistics only take into account deaths that had been ruled as suicide, not accounting for any that may have been suicide but ruled accidental.

26.7% of all deaths in 2016 were deemed intentional self-harm.

Statistics show that the majority of intentional self-harm deaths come from hanging, followed by poisonings and firearm deaths.

If you would like to take a more in-depth look at the statistics released, the Australian Bureau of Statistics website is full of information regarding suicide deaths, mental health and much more.

Thanks

The team behind the Resilience Festival would like to thank those that have supported us, including the following businesses without whom none of what we have achieved so far could have been possible.

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