Walk To Prevent Suicide Prevention In The New England (Armidale)

Thu Aug 27, 2015

People from across the New England are invited to participate in a public walk to raise awareness of suicide, coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day and RU OK Day on Thursday 10 September.

Under a theme of ‘Reaching Out and Saving Lives’, the event is being coordinated by RichmondPRA, one of the regions foremost not-for-profit organisations providing community-based support for people who live with mental health issues.

People who have been affected by suicide and local social and mental health workers, clinicians and police are expected to participate, along with every day people concerned about the problem of suicide.

The focus is on drawing attention to suicide with a view helping the community better understand what can be done to identify and support people at risk.

“Suicide is s tragedy and a social scourge that has terrible impacts amongst families and communities,” said RichmondPRA Armidale Manager and event coordinator Janelle Brandley, who lost her own son to suicide in May last year.

“More than 2,500 people across Australia die from suicide every year. People in the community need to be aware of and talk about suicide.

“Were hoping that as many people as possible will join in this important community event and that a bright spotlight will be put on the very dark problem of suicide.”

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The Out of the Shadows and Into the Light walk will commence at Mallam House, 94 Rusden St Armidale at 10.30 on Thursday 10 September and move to Central Park where a welcome reflection and memory book signing will take place. A BBQ lunch will follow at Mallam House. For more information please call RichmondPRA’s Armidale office on 93939556.

RichmondPRA is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with mental illness in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a foremost mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 55 years.

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