Mental health and supporting young people were the hot topics on the agenda when Berowra Federal MP Julian Leeser and CEO of Youth Insearch Heath Ducker spoke to members and guests at Galston Rotary Club’s recent dinner meeting.

Last year Galston Rotary Club donated $5000 to Youth Insearch which runs programs to help troubled young people reconnect. Since 1985 Youth Insearch has helped more than 30,000 young people, ranging from the ages to 14 to 20, to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Mr Ducker thanked the club for it’s ongoing support.

Mr Leeser spoke about the terrible toll of mental health issues in the community. He said there was a need for people to recognise the signs that someone was struggling and to ask if they were OK. He spoke about his father’s death by suicide 22 years ago. “I want people to know that their lives matter,” he said. At the end of July, Mr Leeser organised a two hour training course with Lifeline at Hornsby RSL for the community including service clubs, schools and churches in the electorate.

Each group sent two representatives who signed a pledge to roll out the training to all their members. “My challenge is for every other MP to do the same,” he said.

For information about Youth Insearch visit youthinsearch.org.au The Rotary Club of Galston meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month, 7pm to 8.30pm at The Galston Club, 21-25 Arcadia Rd, Galston.