Walking the walk, talking the talk - a big step forward for suicide prevention
Release date: 27th February 2015
A young man with personal experience of suicide is beginning a mammoth trek this morning, walking the entire East Coast of Australia, from Wilson's Promontory to Cape York Peninsula to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention.
Lifeline Chairman John Brogden, who has known Tim and his family for many years, said that Tim was driven by the need to get people talking about suicide and reaching out to others when they needed help.
"Suicide is the leading cause of death for adults aged under 44 and every day Lifeline answers over 2000 crisis calls from Australians, with around 100 people per day at risk of suicide.
"Fortunately there are thousands of people like Tim who can talk personally about coming through the experience and as Tim says, 'keep walking as the shadows move overhead'.
Tim says that he hopes his walk helps people that are dealing with suicidal behaviour, to encourage talking openly and "just trying to say that things do get better, no matter how dire it may seem, everyone, everyday, can be happy".
He plans to walk around 30kms per day and will take more than six months to complete the 5600km trek along the Alps track, the Bicentennial Trail and other connecting tracks.
Mr Brogden said that anyone who is feeling stressed or overwhelmed by daily pressures should call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
"Lifeline is available 24/7 for a confidential and anonymous chat or the online crisis chat service starts at 7pm EDST and runs til 4am every day."