Leav­ing be­hind a loving fam­ily

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‘‘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 [22] 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.’’

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Emma Adams holds a pair of shoes that some­one should be walk­ing in.

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