Leaving behind a loving family
‘‘We need people to talk more often about it, and to take the dilemma away from it being a silent killer.’’ Emma Adams
A stark reminder of the impact of suicide has been laid out on the Taupo waterfront.
Six hundred and six pairs of shoes were set down on Monday by a group called Yes We Care. The shoes represent the number of people who have died from suicide in the 12 months to July 31, 2017.
Emma Adams, from Taupo¯ , lost her son Jordan Wilson  to suicide in February 2016, and said it was a subject that needed to be talked about more.
‘‘The Tapu needs lifting and put out there,’’ she said.
She said when she lost her son she found it hard finding support to meet her needs.
‘‘There is nothing in Taupo, and no one wants to talk about it and it needs to be talked about,’’ she said.
A group of bereaved parents formed a group ‘No Words Needed’ to meet, share and support each other after seeking support after the loss of their child through suicide.
Suicide prevention day is on September 10, and a group of parents will be laying the shoes on the steps of Parliament to highlight the issue and demand change.
Adams said it was good to see the Taupo community come together and supporting the cause this week.
‘‘Death should not be a choice taken when you have your whole life to live.’’
Adams said it needs to stop so ‘‘that no other mother or parent has to go trough what I went through.’’
‘‘We need people to talk more often about it, and to take the dilemma away from it being a silent killer.’’
‘‘We need to [also] encourage males to come out more and talk about it too, it’s not just a women thing, she said.
Suzy Taylor lost her daughter Georgia MacBeath 13 months ago at the age oof 19. She also lost her husband to suicide in 1995 and her best friends in 2001.
She said she now suffers from depression, panic attacks and continuous anxiety that she has no control over.
‘‘I am scared of everything,’’ she said. ‘‘I feel like Georgia.’’ Taylor said she is going to do all she can to save more families from going through what she is.
‘‘The reason I’m doing this is because I want the one thing back that I can’t have... my daughter back.’’
Emma Adams holds a pair of shoes that someone should be walking in.