Do­nat­ing to sui­cide pre­ven­tion

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - KOREN ALLPRESS

Mu­sic and rhythm will help a trust whose work strikes a chord with a woman who lost a grand­son.

A short con­cert se­ries to be per­formed in Ti­maru on Fri­day and Satur­day will con­trib­ute funds to the Life Mat­ters Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust.

Thank you for the Mu­sic will be per­formed by the Rhyth-Mix Singers un­der the di­rec­tion of mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Glenys Car­son.

She ar­rived in Geral­dine from In­ver­cargill about 18 months ago. She had worked with choirs in Southland and jumped at the chance to make more mu­sic.

She was un­sure which char­i­ties the singing group had sup­ported in the past ‘‘but they just asked me, and of course, this is close to my heart be­cause I lost my grand­son to sui­cide’’.

Jakob was 16 when he died in April this year. The fam­ily were seek­ing help to cope with their sit­u­a­tion when they heard about the trust, she said.

Vic­tim Sup­port had been ‘‘fan­tas­tic’’ but Life Mat­ters was an ob­vi­ous choice to sup­port as the com­mu­nity be­gan to talk more openly about sui­cide, she said.

‘‘[Sui­cide is] at long last re­ally be­com­ing a more up front sub­ject. It’s not be­ing hid­den - swept un­der the rug, so to speak. You were never al­lowed to speak about it be­fore,’’ she said.

‘‘If there’s or­gan­i­sa­tions that are pre­pared to try and help, then we need to sup­port them.’’

‘‘My push is, right from the start, you can’t find a rea­son. There are no an­swers. So all you’re ba­si­cally telling your­self is ‘some­thing good has to come out of this’.’’

She hoped help­ing the trust would help it help some­one, in­crease its re­sources and raise aware­ness.

‘‘That has to maybe ‘some­thing good’.’’

The Rhyth-Mix Singers had been prac­tis­ing hard ahead of the shows and its mem­bers were look­ing for­ward to it.

‘‘We’ve got a great pro­gramme of var­ied mu­sic - from show mu­sic, to just con­tem­po­rary, we’ve got a lit­tle bit of bar­ber­shop,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not just our en­joy­ment it’s for other peo­ple’s en­joy­ment as well.’’

Life Mat­ters founder Corinda Taylor formed the trust about three years ago af­ter she lost her son to sui­cide. ‘‘I strug­gled with be the get­ting good sup­port, it’s so hard to get.’’

Her GP re­ferred her to a grief sup­port group. She was al­lo­cated a few free ses­sions.

‘‘I had to pay for my own sup­port ... and that needs to change.’’

The trust linked peo­ple oth­ers, she said. ‘‘Be­cause we un­der­stand how hard it is, es­pe­cially in the af­ter­math of a sui­cide, that jour­ney is quite lonely.’’

Peo­ple want­ing to do­nate to the or­gan­i­sa­tion could do so at givealit­tle.co.nz/org/life­mat­ters She was grate­ful for the sup­port of Rhyth-Mix Singers.

* Thank You For The Mu­sic will be held on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17 at 7.30pm and Satur­day, Novem­ber 18 at 3pm at the Sav­age Club Hall, Dee Street.

Tick­ets are $20, avail­able from Fash­ion Fo­cus, High­field Mall.

PHOTO: MYTCHALL BRANS­GROVE/STUFF

Two sculp­tures in Glenys Car­son’s front yard are of peo­ple play­ing in­stru­ments. She said they bring her, and passersby, joy.

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