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Sprout Volunteer and rural reporter for the Tasmanian Country and The Mercury, Roger Hanson, was awarded a LiFE Award last month. The Mercury wrote a story about Roger and the work that he does with preventing suicides in the rural community. Congratulations Roger and thank you for the awareness that you raise in mental health. 

The Mercury, story by Jessica Howard

"RURAL reporter Roger Hanson has been recognised for his reporting on suicide prevention in the state’s country communities.

The LiFE Awards, hosted by the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network, were in recognition of work in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention by individ­uals, organisations and bus­inesses.

Mercury and Tasmanian Country reporter Roger Hanson received the Workplace Award.

Prevention network chair Michael Kelly said the awards were a fantastic opportunity to recognise and encourage the vital suicide prevention and intervention work being done in the local community.

He said Mr Hanson’s reporting was sensitive and appropriate for a difficult issue.

“His coverage of the ‘Lifting the Lid’ initiative showcased the really great work that was happening in that community,” he said.

Mr Hanson said he was very humbled by the recognition.

“My endeavour is to give voice to people in rural communities and to tell their stories­ faithfully,” he said.

A special mention also went to the Lifeline volunteer team."

Photo courtesy of Roger Lovell