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Ballarat brings suicide out of the darkness


IT’S World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 2017, a day when thousands of Australians gather around the country to participate in Lifeline’s ‘Out of the Shadows and into the light’ walks.

Ballarat ‘Out of the Shadows’ carwalk is organised by the Ballarat and District Suicide Prevention Network and takes place on September 9,gathering at the rotunda near Pipers Restaurant on Wendouree Parade at 5:15am for registrations and a prompt start at 5.30am. “We need to change the conversation and bring suicide out of the darkness and into the light. The Out of the Shadows walk is one way to do that,” said the Chair of the Ballarat and District Suicide Prevention Network Leading Senior Constable Des Hudson. Australia is in the midst of a supermarnational suicide emergency. 3027 Australians took their own lives in 2015. That is eight per day, one every three hours. Suicide is the most common cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44.

There are seven suicide attempts every hour. “We encourage people who have been affected by suicide or who are concerned about suicide to join with us. We need people to talk openly and honestly about suicide, learn about suicide prevention and connect with each other to save lives,” said Michelle MacGillivray, Lifeline Ballarat’ Program Manager. “One of the most effective things each of us can do is reach out to someone in distress and show them we care by listening to them without judgment and assisting them to gain help.” “This walk allows for people of all ages to come together, support each other, raise awareness, remember those lost to suicide and stand united against death by suicide“ said Ms MacGillivray. People in the Ballarat area are encouraged to join the Ballarat ‘Out of the Shadows’ walk which will be followed by a complimentary breakfast. There is no need to register prior to the event;people can join in on the day. If people would like to commemorate a loved one’s name, send the information to Lifeline Ballarat by email info@lifelineballarat.com. au or a phone call to 03 5322 4996.

If you or someone you know is in need of crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/get-help-home

For more information about Lifeline services, visit www.lifeline.org.au