Com­ing out of the shad­ows for oth­ers

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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