Our Media Centre


Media Releases 2016-17

(from most recent to oldest)

For local media enquiries or interview requests please contact our Media Advisor, Gillian Guthrie,

at gillian.guthrie@lifelineh2h.org.au or on 9498 8805 (Thursdays)


Christmas Hamper Drive 2017

This year, we would love it if you would be part of our donation drive for non-perishable food items and gifts for those we support. You may not feel like one person could make much difference, or that an extra item in your trolley could change someone’s experience of Christmas, but together, we can provide for others what we know to be special about Christmas.

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Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury – saving lives for 50 years

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury (H2H) is today celebrating fifty years of dedication to the local community. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed since a group of interested people met in the old Methodist Church in William Street, Hornsby, with the intention of forming a committee to establish a branch of Lifeline locally.

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It’s our annual Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Lindfield $2 Book Sale

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December from 9 am – 4 pm. Calling all book-loving bargain hunters – our Lindfield Book Depot is opening the doors! With nothing over $2, come and grab a pre-Christmas bargain.

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Lifeline urges north shore punters – Harness lull between footy and the Cup to rein-in gambling habits

Gambling Help counsellors at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury are urging habitual gamblers to reflect on their betting choices during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week from October 23 to 29. And it’s not too late to sign-up for Lifeline H2H’s new Gambling Help support program which started October 18. Late bookings will be taken up to an including October 25, in time for the group’s second session…

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Lifeline Giant Book Fair Returns To Castle Hill – October 7-8

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury’s giant book fair heads back to Castle Hill this spring – by popular demand – after last year’s success at Oakhill College. For two days on the first weekend in October…

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‘Two great tribes’ connect to promote crisis support, care and compassion

It took a non-native of Sydney to encapsulate the significance of a new partnership launched this week between Jewish House, from the eastern suburbs, and Lifeline’s Harbour to Hawkesbury centre at Gordon. Apologising in advance for being “a little bit biblical”, the Newcastle-born member for Ku-ring-gai, Alister Henskens, praised the two organisations for their amazing feat of “bringing together the two tribes of Sydney”…

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High school hosts safeTALK suicide awareness program for P&C 

With the release tomorrow of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the time is ripe for public education about suicide awareness and prevention – which two Lifeline volunteers will deliver at Asquith Girls’ High School this weekend (August 5)…

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Announcing a new partnership

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, at Gordon, and Jewish House, in Bondi, are launching a partnership that will enable them to draw on each other’s services and expertise to better serve their communities…

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Opera House History Up For Auction At Sydney’s Biggest Book Fair

Sydney’s biggest annual sale of second-hand books is offering a rare gem for auction this month – a book detailing the exceptional, computer-generated design solutions that made the famous shells of the Sydney Opera House possible…

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Lifeline Launches Way2Wellness Support Line In Sydney’s North

People in northern Sydney who may be concerned about their everyday mental wellbeing can now call a new Lifeline telephone support service aimed at averting mental health crises. Launched this month, Way2Wellness 1300 120 446 support line offers callers an initial assessment, guided self -referral to online support tools and access to local services…

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Bobbin Head Cycling Classic alert!

More than 2000 cyclists of varying ages – and stages of fitness – will converge on Karuah Oval, Turramurra, this Sunday for the sixth Bobbin Head Cycle Classic. Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Wahroonga, Turramurra, St Ives and Ku-ring-gai, the event aims to raise much-needed funds for various local charities. Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is an event partner and receives 50% of proceeds…

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Stacks of books. Staggering quality. Stand-out prices.

Be prepared for an astonishing choice of top-quality books, CDs and DVDs when Lifeline returns to Thornleigh Community Centre for its ninth giant book fair the weekend of April 22-23.

Open both Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm, the book fair will showcase a comprehensive collection of more than 50,000 titles, presented in 50-plus categories…

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Lifeline launches first ‘Family as Motivators’ course to help with the distress of hoarding disorder

How do you help a loved one with a hoarding habit – someone whose compulsive collecting and inability to declutter causes tension and distress?

“Don’t get angry with them,” says Judy Nicholas, of Denistone East, whose own unrestrained ‘collecting’ once caused significant marital strife. This month, Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury will launch a unique Families as Motivators support group for people who live with or care for someone with hoarding disorder.

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When enough is never enough to pay gambling debts

Flanked by police escorting him from the building, Peter’s (alias) final departure from the corporation where he had worked for almost two decades was ignominious.

A senior manager with more than 100 staff, Peter was being led away to be fingerprinted, photographed and charged with forty counts of embezzlement, having misappropriated almost $100,000 from his employer to put into poker machines.

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IAG team puts purpose into pedalling for Lifeline

Insurance giant IAG sees its role as much more than policies, premiums and paying out claims, which is why – as a corporate partner of Lifeline Australia – it is rallying staff to ride the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic.

Its fundraising arm, the IAG Foundation, has set a generous goal to help staff raise funds for Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury by pledging to match every dollar raised by staff who cycle one of the four tracks in “the Bobbo” cycle classic on March 26.

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Trauma therapist leads Lifeline’s suicide loss support group

As a post-grad student, she wrote her thesis on trauma and group work. Now, Lifeline psychotherapist Ceiny Maybury uses her expertise to help people through one of the worst of all traumas – the loss of a loved one to suicide.

“The grief felt after a loved one suicides is more protracted and at a deeper level than any other,” said Ceiny, who facilitates the Suicide Bereavement Support Group at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in Gordon.

Explaining why group work can be so beneficial for people who have suffered that loss, Ceiny says participants feel safe among others who know the trauma of suicide.

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 Ultramarathon runner and mountain biker to ride The Bobbo

Men might have more strength and speed, but mountain biker Meredith’s got stamina and a stubborn streak to match any male cyclist – qualities she’ll need cycling Sydney’s toughest and most beautiful bike ride next month.

Normanhurst architect, Meredith Quinlan, aged 44, whose sports of choice are ultramarathons and 24-hour mountain bike rides, will test different skills when she enters the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic on March 26.

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 ‘Magic’ in group support for people with mood disorders

A certain magic happens in a support group, says Lifeline counsellor, Sophie Walker, extolling the virtues of group programs run by Lifeline’s Gordon-based Harbour to Hawkesbury centre.

“There’s a lovely self-generating collective wisdom and care among participants,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see the support and empathy they offer each other.”

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 Hungry for a good read?

Books for cooks to salivate over; a feast of fine fiction to devour; stacks of meaty political memoir, military history and sporting memorabilia – in short, something for everyone.

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is presenting a smorgasbord for book-lovers and knowledge-seekers of all tastes at its first giant book fair of the year – the finest fare in town with 50,000 titles, all of them cleaned, culled and catalogued by Lifeline’s discerning volunteers.

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Cricketer to cycle for a cause close to home

She’s already an ambassador for the youth mental health advocacy group, batyr, and now elite women’s cricketer, Emily Leys, is lending her athleticism to Lifeline.

As soon as the Women’s Big Bash League summer season ends, Emily will get on her bike to start training for the Rotary-Lifeline Bobbin Head Cycle Classic.

Emily, a left-handed, medium-paced bowler for the Sydney Sixers, knows full well the advantages of exercise in keeping the Black Dog at bay.

“I’ve been treated for depression since I was 18”, she says….

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Christmas not joyful for everyone, warns Lifeline H2H CEO

While the sounds of carols and sightings of Santa will bring joy to many this week, there are others whose response to the sights and sounds of Christmas will be very different.

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury’s CEO, Wendy Carver, has warned that for many people in our community, the build-up to Christmas brings anxiety about family relationships, about money and gift-giving, or about being alone at Christmas time.

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Keen cyclist Matt Kean to ride the Bobbo!

He loves his cycling and he’s passionate about the cause – not to mention the course of the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic, which winds through some of Sydney’s most spectacular scenery.

The State member for Hornsby, Matt Kean, has just registered for The Bobbo, eager to get in early to raise funds – and suicide awareness – for Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, which is a major partner with the four Rotary clubs that run the event.

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Suspected book thefts force daylight donations only at Lifeline shed 

Anecdotal evidence that books donated to Lifeline have been stolen from the book collection shed at Gordon has forced the crisis support charity to call in police and lock up overnight.

“Sadly, that means books can only be deposited during daylight hours now,” said Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury’s CEO, Wendy Carver. “Gordon police have advised us to lock the shed at nightfall and, as back up, they’re doing random patrols.”

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Overstocked! Lifeline’s Lindfield $2 Book Sale

Lifeline’s Lindfield Book Depot is bursting at the seams so they’re opening the doors to book-loving bargain hunters in a major pre-Christmas sale. Nothing over $2.

Thousands of fiction books ranging from general fiction to sci-fi, thrillers, literature and old favourites.

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Quality and quantity: twin attractions for bargain hunters at Lifeline’s Hunters Hill Book Fair – 5-6 November

It takes a combination of elbow grease, Ajax and Oomph to present the high quality of pre-loved books that Sydneysiders have come to expect from Lifeline’s acclaimed Hunters Hill Book Fair―in early November.

Volunteers have been preparing stock for months at Lifeline’s industrial-scale Hornsby book depot―a repository for hundreds of thousands of books donated by readers for resale to raise funds for Lifeline’s telephone crisis support and suicide prevention services.

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Lifeline offers support, warns of gambling risks at Cup time

As the spring racing carnival gathers pace ahead of this year’s Melbourne Cup, a Lifeline Gambling Help counsellor has warned of inherent dangers for problem gamblers―and even for occasional punters.

“High profile events like the Melbourne Cup can expose people to the risk of either starting―or worsening―a problem gambling habit,” said Jeanette Svehla, from Lifeline’s Harbour to Hawkesbury centre at Gordon. “As we get closer to cup day, with all the pre-cup events and commentary, it’s hard to avoid the hype and, unfortunately, increased sports betting advertising.”

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Funky fashion and designer chic at Pennant Hills Op Shop

Pennant Hills Op Shop manager, Sophie Honess, has several good reasons to love her job. Top of the list is a heartfelt commitment to the values she holds dear.

“I don’t believe anyone should pay full price for clothing ”, she says, forgetting for a moment, perhaps, that if everyone felt the same way the store would not enjoy the high-quality clothing donations it receives!

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Women get angry too

In a first for Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury, the centre’s men-only anger management program is being offered to women as well.

“It’s an acknowledgement of feedback we’ve had from previous anger management groups as well as inquiries from women wanting to attend a mixed group,” said Megan Andriessen, the program’s co-facilitator.

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