Event to prevent
Whanau event to raise suicide awareness, Christine Walsh talks to driving force behind it.
Mihi Adams knows firsthand what it feels like to grieve for someone she has loved and lost to suicide.
The New Plymouth mum-of-four reveals how raw that hurt is as she fights back tears in an effort to get her words out.
‘‘My brother committed suicide two months ago,’’ Adams said. ’’I was brought up by my grandparents so you know, you’ve got to be hard, all that kind of thing.
‘‘It’s a subject that’s really, you know, you can’t talk about it, nobody talks about that kind of thing.
Adams struggles to make sense of the tragic ordeal, but has found a sense of solace and purpose by helping out and participating in the suicide prevention support group, Walk/Run/Stroll - Looking after No1.
Every second Sunday from 10am the group sets off from the YMCA and anyone can join them in a casual walk or run around parts of the city in the company of others before winding down with a cuppa, a snack, and a chat.
Walk/Run/Stroll - Looking after No1 provides a way to spark conversation about suicide in a nonjudgemental supportive environment. ‘‘If you’re having those thoughts and you are feeling down there is someone there to talk to.’’
New Zealand has one of the worst suicide rates in the developed world and come September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, the group intends painting this little corner of the world yellow in a bid to highlight the issue in their own way.
People are invited to sport yellow wigs and outfits to match, for a low-key free whanau event at the YMCA from 12pm to 3pm.
On the day’s agenda will be a walk and talk to the Wind Wand for a balloon release before returning to the YMCA for fun things to do; face painting, a yellow cup cake competition, a dance competition, and kids colouring in, they will have a yellow ribbon board to place ribbons and more.
The driving force behind the support group and the event is Katie Tahere, a firm believer in the benefits of a bit of exercise out in the open air. Tahere also experienced the devastating aftermath of losing whanau to suicide.
‘‘I’m also doing fundraising and have committed to three local events in Taranaki starting with 1/2 Marathon in October then Round the Mountain 150km bike ride and finish with Mountain to Surf.’’
Front; Katie Tahere and Mihi Adams part of Walk/Run/Stroll - Looking after No1.