Walk for sui­cide

North Coast Weekender - - Front Page - Denise S Cahill

WHEN sis­ters Abbey and Georgie Glenis­ter take part in the Out of the Shad­ows Walk remembering their dad on Satur­day, they will be shoul­der to shoul­der with their friends.

The Carine sib­lings lost their dad to sui­cide 11 years ago and have been part of the an­nual Life­line WA walk through Kings Park, held a day be­fore World Sui­cide Preven­tion Day, for sev­eral years.

Sa­cred Heart Col­lege class­mates Caitlin Mur­phy, Joshua Mur­phy, Jeremy Arnold and Sa­man­tha Arnold, who will walk along­side the Glenis­ters, have also sup­ported Abbey through her bat­tle with anorexia and men­tal health is­sues.

Caitlin, who is Head Girl at Sa­cred Heart, said it was im­por­tant to let friends know they were not alone, that they could speak out and not be em­bar­rassed to seek sup­port.

“I want her (Abbey) to know that she has friends and fam­ily around her that love her dearly and be­cause she is my best friend and she has al­ways been there for me too,” Caitlin said.

“She has taught me how to be re­silient and that you re­ally don’t know what is hap­pen­ing in peo­ple’s lives.

“She’s taught me it’s im­por­tant to talk about your prob­lems and feel­ings and mostly that it’s OK for peo­ple not to be OK.”

Abbey and Georgie said it meant a lot to have their friends be­side them on the walk. “I love how peo­ple show that they re­ally care about us and it makes me feel so good to know that they re­mem­ber my dad,” Abbey said.

“It’s hard that he’s missed so many things and on this day we can just walk for him and for us and for oth­ers who have gone through this.”

Georgie said she felt more re­laxed hav­ing her friends there be­cause they “get” the im­por­tance of the day for them.

Abbey said by shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences at school, her friends had be­come more care­ful and re­spect­ful when talk­ing about de­pres­sion and sui­cide.

“They are be­gin­ning to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of talk­ing about us­ing the dif­fer­ent sup­port ser­vices avail­able, like Life­line WA,” she said.

The Out of the Shad­ows Walk is from 5am-7am on Satur­day, start­ing at the Wad­juk carpark and end­ing with cof­fee and muffins at Botan­i­cal Café.

To reg­is­ter, email natalie bird@life­linewa.org.au.

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473365

Stu­dents Jeremy Arnold, Georgie Glenis­ter, Caitlin Mur­phy, Abbey Glenis­ter and Joshua Mur­phy.

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