Carine sis­ters Abbey and Ge­orgie Glenis­ter will have plenty of sup­port when they take part in Life­line WA’s Out of the Shad­ows Walk re­mem­ber­ing their dad, who com­mit­ted sui­cide 11 years ago.

Stirling Times - - 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 fa­ther 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 have sup­ported Abbey through her bat­tle with anorexia and men­tal health is­sues, will walk along­side .

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

“I want 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 so 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.”

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

The Out of the Shad­ows Walk is from 5-7am on Satur­day start­ing at the Wad­juk carpark.

To reg­is­ter, email na­tal­iebird@life­linewa.org.au.

If you need help, call Life­line on 13 11 14.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d473365

Thank you for be­ing a friend: Jeremy Arnold, Ge­orgie Glenis­ter, Caitlin Mur­phy, Abbey Glenis­ter and Joshua Mur­phy.

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