Preventing Suicide Through Real-Life Stories of Hope & Triumph

By Jas Rawlinson

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Support Needed For Mental Health Project - 'Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day'

Stories of triumph from Australians who refused to give into darkness

Every year in Australia, over 2500 people take their lives. Every day, eight Australians lose their battle with hope. With so many of our friends, family and colleagues succumbing to mental health disorders, how do we change the statistics? How do we give people hope where they feel there is none?

These were the stark questions that inspired Brisbane writer Jas Rawlinson to start her journey into the creation of ‘Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day’; to seek out those who knew the dark and ugly face of depression, anxiety and trauma, and had found a way to overcome it. To share their stories in the hope of inspiring and encouraging everyday Australians that there is always hope; no matter how dark things appear.

Featuring mental health resources, along with memoirs from everyday Australian figures (both prominent and lesser known) who have battled everything from childhood cancer and PTSD, to debilitating disabilities, eating disorders, the death of a child, and more, every story is a reminder that suicide isn’t the solution—there is always new life to be found.

Raw, powerful, and at times heart wrenching, ‘Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day,’ includes stories of triumph from 10 everyday Australians, including L-Fresh The Lion (Australian Hip Hop Artist), Lauren Watson (Paraplegic Aerial Performer), Sonia Anderson (Domestic Violence & Red Rose Advocate), and Michael Crossland (world renowned Inspirational Speaker and bestselling author.). This book is a must read for anyone who is looking for hope, inspiration and honesty from those who have hit rock bottom, and found their way back out.

**Want to know who else is featured in the book? Keep reading below!**

But there’s a problem

This fundraiser has been created to help bring my book, ‘Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day,’ to fruition. This is a project I’ve been working on since late 2016, and I truly believe it can make a difference in the lives of those who are looking for hope and purpose—but, I need your help to get it out to those who need it most!

At present the book is being appraised and created by Ocean Reeve Publishing, and will be released in the coming months, however, I need help with raising the remainder of funds required for the first print run of books. All pre-printing costs have been covered by myself, but to fund the initial print release of 1000 copies, I need to raise around $2790.

Perks of supporting this book

As well as having the opportunity to be a part of this amazing project and know that you’ve helped bring to life an important resource for those in need, there are other sweet bonuses to score!

Donate $10 - receive tagged thanks on social media.

Donate $25 - receive free eBook, tagged thanks on social media and exclusive access to pre-sale offer of the paperback ($14.95 instead of RRP $19.95).

Donate $50 - free signed copy of the book, tagged thanks on social media, free eBook.

Donate $100 - receive a free signed copy of the book, eBook, tagged thanks on social media and special mention in the acknowledgements page of the book.

NOTE: If, by good fortune, I exceed my goal, any additional funds will be used to print further copies or to upgrade the internal images to full colour.

Who is featured in the book?

Including 10 inspirational stories of triumph, Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day, features the following Australians:

is a Sydney based Hip Hop artist and musician. At present, he is an ambassador for All Together Now—Australia’s only national charity that exists solely to address racism—and is a proud volunteer for the Sikh Youth Australia Summer Camp. Photo: Cole Bennetts

LAUREN WATSON is a Queensland-based aerial performer and graphic designer. Passionate about living life to the fullest, Lauren is well known for seeking out life’s most joyful, challenging and thrilling experiences, and is determined not to let her incomplete paraplegia stand in her way.

Photo: Stephanie Bowers

GRAEME BINT is an ex-British Paratrooper who not only served in Northern Ireland and the Gulf, but also spent 4 years in Bosnia as a Humanitarian Aid Worker and five years as a Paramedic on the streets of Britain. He credits his two beloved dogs with helping him to manage his stress levels, and believes getting a dog is one of the best things a survivor of PTS can do.

SONIA ANDERSON - Since losing her daughter to domestic homicide in 2010, Sonia has been a passionate advocate against domestic violence, and is well known for her public advocacy both locally and nationally. In the last two years Sonia has been instrumental in the implementation of QLD’s 2016 ‘non-fatal strangulation laws,’ as well as the QLD Liberal National Party’s urgent bill for tougher domestic violence bail laws.

MICHAEL CROSSLAND is a world renowned Inspirational Speaker, bestselling author. and a proud ambassador for Camp Quality. A survivor of childhood cancer (which left him with only a 4% chance of survival), Michael is passionate about inspiring people to discover their true potential, and has presented to over 250,000 people in the past year alone.

DAN PRICE is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, and an ambassador for the mental health organisation LIVIN. In 2016 he cycled from Sydney to the Gold Coast, raising over $65,000 for LIVIN, and was also named as the third highest fundraiser for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Dan’s life goal is to give back to his community by inspiring Australians to speak out about their own inner battles.

MISS NATALIE is a singer/songwriter who is passionate about issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and inspiring others to know that it’s okay to be who they truly are. She lives in Brisbane with her rescue pup ‘Cookie’ and enjoys turning her emotions and experiences into music’.
Photo: Catherine Woodworth Photography

RENE REDDINGIUS is the founder of Transcend Initiatives, and a passionate advocate for speaking out about mental health in his community. Through his community work, he hopes to equip Aboriginal and Torres Strait youth to understand their passion and purpose in life, and provide them with the tools to work through their adversities.

NICOLE GIBSON is a champion for social change who spends her time passionately working to reverse the stigmatisation of mental health, body image and self-esteem issues in Australian youth. As well as being the CEO of Rogue and Rouge, she is also Australia’s youngest ever National Mental Health Commissioner, has been named as one of Australia’s ‘Top 100 Most Influential Women’ (2014) and ‘Young Social Pioneers’ (2012), and in 2014 was awarded the ‘Pride of Australia Inspiration Medal’.

About the author

Growing up in the quiet serenity of the mid north coast, Jas Rawlinson spent a lot of her early life exploring lush bushland, writing, and dreaming of ways to one day make a difference in the lives of others. After moving to Brisbane in 2012 to pursue her creative passions further, she has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance journalist, and a storyteller, often tackling topics that others shied away from (such as human trafficking, domestic violence and child abuse). She has spent time in Thailand with sex trafficking survivors and undercover rescue workers, and in 2016 received international media coverage for co-founding Brisbane's first permanent domestic violence memorial.

Well regarded for her ethical and empathetic journalism when broaching sensitive topics, Jas is passionate about changing her community through the power of words, and has been published across international and national media networks.

She lives in Brisbane with her husband, son, and ‘the world's most energetic' cattle dog.

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