Lifeline community walks bring suicide 'into the light'
Registrations are now open for Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows and into the Light community walks, which will see thousands of Australians gather around the country on World Suicide Day (10 September 2015) to offer support and hope to those touched by mental illness and suicide.
Former NRL player, reality TV star and Lifeline Ambassador Daniel Conn said the community walks would highlight the importance of seeking the right help.
“During my playing career, I was too stubborn to accept that I had a mental illness,” Mr Conn said. “Now, I want others going through similar battles to know they are not alone, and help is available.
“Getting involved with Out of the Shadows is a great way to show the people in your life – your teammates, friends and family members – that Lifeline is there for them 24/7.”
Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden said the walks are an opportunity for people to come together in a proactive and positive way.
“It’s important for the community to confront these issues head on and not give in to the fear and stigma around them,” Mr Brogden said.
“As such, events like Out of the Shadows are important in encouraging a conversation around suicide, raising awareness and funds for Lifeline’s 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services in the process.”
The community walks grew significantly in 2014, with more than 3000 people participating across 63 walks staged in Australia. These numbers are expected to rise again in 2015.
Mr Brogden called upon on the community to get involved with the event by either joining or starting a walk in their local area.
“With seven Australians lost to suicide every day – more than 2500 each year – events like this remind us of the immense emotional toll that these statistics have on our community,” Mr Brogden said.
For more information, visit www.outoftheshadows.org.au
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.