Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch is encouraging Coasties to meditate for mental health, during Making Meditation Mainstream’s (MMM) 28 for 28 campaign, which is raising money for Lifeline throughout October.
MMM is encouraging people donate a dollar a day over the 28 days to raise $28, the amount it costs for Lifeline to answer each call.
Tesch said a dollar a day is a small price to pay.
“Lifeline Australia provides an incredible and unfortunately much needed service in our community, especially given all the challenges 2020 has thrown everyone,” she said.
“Lifeline devastatingly receives a call every 30 seconds from people who are in crisis, each call costing $28.
“A dollar a day to potentially save someone’s life is a dollar well spent in my opinion and I will continue to support the campaign.”
The 28 for 28 Meditate for Mental Health campaign also encourages participants to meditate for 10 minutes each day, influencing others to take better care and pay more attention to their own mental health too.
Tesch says this is an important message we all need to hear.
“Our mental health is always being put to the test but 2020 has pushed us all to our limits with Lifeline so far experiencing at least a 25% increase in calls so far this year,” she said.
“This confrontational figure goes to show just how much we all need to start focusing on our mental health which is why MMM’s message is so important.”
Tesch said MMM groups on the Central Coast were doing an amazing job.
“The local instructors do an astounding job and radiate so much positivity in their MMM sessions, encouraging others to think about their mental state,” she said.
“MMM provides an outlet and community for so many who have a passion for meditation and those who just want to see what meditation is all about.”
The Central Coast has two MMM organisations, one at Ocean Beach and one a Terrigal Beach, each meeting a 6:30am every Saturday morning for a free mediation session.
Media release, Oct 9
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch