On Saturday 15th November, Jeffery John Mendoza, beloved nephew of ConNetica's directors, John Mendoza and Marion Wands and cousin, mentor and role model to their son Dan Mendoza, took his life after a long battle with mental illness.
Jeff's illness developed following his active service in East Timor in late 1999. Jeff served his nation with pride, but when he needed mental health services to serve him, they were found wanting.
It is difficult to find the words to describe such a tragic loss and the pain felt by his family, friends and colleagues. Jeff will aways remain in our thoughts as a much loved, wonderful, generous and warm spirited young man.
To better understand and prevent mental illness and suicide in young men, a dedicated Jeff Mendoza fund has been established by the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney.
Please help us advance novel and more effective responses to mental illness and suicide in young men by donating to this fund. All donations are tax deductible. Two links are provided below to assist you in making your donation.
John, Marion, Dan and the Mendoza family.