Coast Community Connections General Manager of Families and Community, Emma Gilby, is passionate about raising awareness of suicide prevention and breaking down the stigma around suicide.
“Initiatives like this annual Out of the Shadows walk encourage people to talk about suicide, learn about suicide prevention and connect with each other to save lives.
“We think we shouldn’t talk about mental health or suicide, because of stigma and fear. In fact, the reverse is true.
“Reaching out to someone in distress shows you care. Not talking about suicide and mental health can send the message that a person is not cared about or that there is no way through their issues and concerns,” explained Mrs Gilby.
The organisation also wants to encourage men to attend as they are often more reluctant to seek help.
“Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. We need to take care of our own health and have the courage to check in on our family members and friends who may be struggling with life’s challenges,” she continued.
“We hope our walk, held on World Suicide Prevention Day, reinforces hope, recovery, reflection and prevention,” added Mrs Gilby.
Coast Community Connections Out of the Shadows Walk will kick off at 9am on Sunday 10 September from Umina Beach Surf Club and will be a short walk with a brief reflection on the water’s edge along the beach.
Interested locals can simply turn up on the day or pre-register for the walk. To register please follow the links to the walk event on the Coast Community Connections Facebook page or visit the Sticky Tickets website.
If you are thinking about suicide or concerned about someone else please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or for emergencies call 000.
Date: Sunday 10 September
Time: 9am – 11am
Venue: Umina Beach Surf Club, Umina Beach
Enquiries: 02 4341 9333