LIVIN is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 2013 after the loss my best friend Dwayne Lally to Suicide. LIVIN aims to combat the stigma attached to mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention. Livin use social media, fashion and high profile entities to target our core demographic to begin discussion, create greater understanding and a more positive interpretation of mental illness.
LIVIN want to connect with, support and inspire young people to talk about their feelings and issues. For too long mental illness and suicide has been perceived as weakness. We want young men and women to know that they are not alone and that ‘it ain’t weak to speak’. We believe that education is imperative to changing societies negative perception of mental health. If we can raise awareness amongst Australians in regards to mental health disorders – increasing awareness of the symptoms, causes and treatments of mental illnesses and by promoting the experiences of people whose lives have been affected by mental illness we will go a long way to reducing the negative perception of mental illness. It’s time to make a change and stop this epdemic from crippling our society. 1 in 4 people suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime. Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians between the ages of 15 and 44 with indigenous Australians having the highest suicide rate in the world. Let’s unite to help our brothers and sisters start LIVIN again.