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Lifeline Darling Downs Hosts Olympian Dane Bird-Smith

Lifeline Darling Downs have secured Olympian Dane Bird-Smith as a panellist at their upcoming virtual morning tea being held during Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW).

QMHW is an annual awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing. It gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages those who need to seek help to do so. This year’s theme for QMHW is Take Time – for Mental Health.

In support of QMHW, we are delighted to announce that we are hosting a livestreamed event with Australian Institute of Sports Athlete, Dane Bird-Smith, a champion race walker and an Olympic bronze medallist.  He shares his story of how you can be on top of your game, appear to have it all, yet be in a place of poor mental health.

Dane shares the resilience and courage it took to overcome his shadow and continue to perform, which will inspire, connect and bring much-needed awareness to mental health”, Lifeline Darling Downs, CEO, Derek Tuffield OAM said.

An Ambassador for Lifeline and the Australian Institute of Sport, Dane will be joined by USQ’s Head of Psychology, Professor Lorelle Burton and Ben Gouldson from Clifford Gouldson Lawyers.

This livestreamed free event is being held on Wednesday, 14 th October at 10.30am. Registrations are essential and can be made at

This event has been made possible thanks to the support of the Queensland Academy of Sport, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, USQ and the Australian Institute of Sport.

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Submitted by:
Kirsten McGovern
Manager Fundraising & MarketingLifeline Darling Downs & South West Queensland Ltd

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