Coming out of the shadows for others
COINCIDING with World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), thousands of Australians around the nation come together each September to participate in Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows walks.
The walks are held in honour of those lost to suicide, bringing their memory into the light.
Out of the Shadows walks were established by Lifeline Australia to help to remove the stigma surrounding suicide.
They provide the opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to connect with others and walk in their memory.
They also provide the opportunity to raise awareness and unite in commitment to preventing further deaths by suicide.
Out of the Shadows walks have become an important annual event for Lifeline and for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.
The walks provide a reflective space to remember those who were special to us, to mourn their loss and to celebrate their life.
Held at sunrise or sunset, these are very moving walks where people who have lost loved ones to suicide can connect with each other, and with other members of the Australian community, who walk to share their support.
We encourage all Australians to join a walk and start talking about suicide.
For more information and to find your local walk, please visit www.outoftheshadows.org.au.
In the last year, Lifeline received almost one million contacts from Australians in crisis.
We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life saving work – please make a donation at www.outoftheshadows.org.au.
For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14
Online crisis support chat is also available 7pm – midnight (AEST) seven days a week: www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp. Bob Gilkes, Lifeline Australia chief executive officer