The AUSXIP special charity auction to benefit CASPER has ended. Lucy donated, autographed and added some addition comments to the artwork has sold for $700 USD ($840 NZD). All money raised will benefit CASPER.
Many thanks to those who bid / supported the auction.
Wow, I hear my Casper auction item (Xena's grafitti'd animated cell) is at $700. That's wonderful. Thank you!— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) July 6, 2012
CASPER is an organisation delivering services for those bereaved by suicide. Rising suicide rates and research evidence that suicide is increased by New Zealand's current mental health approach to suicide prevention, has led CASPER to develop a model which addresses the social drivers of suicide.
The organisation provides family support services, community and youth education which focus on building a strong sense of belonging, participation and hope for those experiencing emotional distress. The CASPER suicide prevention model is based on New Zealand and international research which shows that suicide prevention is most effective when located within families and communities rather than mental health clinics.
CASPER is available to provide information and support to the 65,000 New Zealanders bereaved by suicide in the past 25 years and the 11 new families each week who experience the suicide death of a loved one. It provides youth suicide prevention education in schools and community education workshops. CASPER supports community and opinion leaders and policy makers with research to support evidence based suicide prevention.
The organisation is a registered charitable trust and does not receive government funding.