FROM THE EDI­TOR

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Sun­day’s World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day event in The Square is go­ing to have im­pact and should be felt city-wide.

Hun­dreds of shoes laid out in front of the city’s clock tower will rep­re­sent more than 600 peo­ple who have died by sui­cide in the past year in New Zealand.

Each pair of shoes will serve to truly vi­su­alise those lives and that the paths th­ese lives walked sadly ended.

The dis­cus­sion on sui­cide has long been a dif­fi­cult topic to talk about, but more and more I’m see­ing ef­fec­tive cam­paigns like this and more talk and ac­tion on the sub­ject.

But we can’t keep it to just world­wide aware­ness days. We need to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing and make sure we make men­tal health dis­cus­sions the norm in our own lives and those of our fam­ily and friends.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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