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Suicide can be a difficult topic for some to open up about, but current Community Services students from North Coast TAFE have aligned with Lifeline in Coffs Harbour to encourage people to speak up and raise awareness about the issue.
Students are pairing with Lifeline to plan, organise and promote the ‘Out of the Shadows’ community walk next month. “The walk is a great opportunity for community members to offer support and hope to one another, while also being part of a conversation to reduce the stigma around suicide so we can address this national emergency” Lifeline North Coast CEO Allister Donald says. Lifeline is calling on the community to become involved with the event in Coffs Harbour on Sunday 10th September. “With eight Australians lost to suicide every day, events like this are important in raising awareness for Lifeline’s 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services. Together, we can help ensure those in are crisis are not alone” Allister says.
The group of students have been working tirelessly over the past weeks in order to raise awareness about the event that is close to many of them. “Instead of doing in-class assessment events, we felt the need to help out with a real issue that affects our community on a day-to-day basis” student Tony Dahl said. “It touches so many people in our area, the issue is widespread. We’re not just looking at the event now, we’re trying to put steps in place to hope this event grows into the future with the hope of preventing further suicides”.
The ‘Out Of The Shadows’ community walk is a part of World Suicide Prevention Day and will be held on Sunday 10th September from 10am-12pm, starting at the reserve behind the Marina North Wall and finishing at the Park Beach Reserve. The community can search ‘Out Of the Shadows Into The Light’ (hosted by Lifeline North Coast) on Facebook for more information.