This month a number of events and activities will be taking place around the State to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and RU OK? Day, both of which fall on Thursday, 10 September.
Lifeline WA will be holding a series of Out of the Shadows and into the Light walks to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide, those who struggle with this issue in their daily lives and all those people who have been bereaved by suicide.
Walks will take place in:
- Bunbury (5 September, 5.30am. Meet at the front of the Parade Hotel, 1 Austral Parade, Bunbury. Option to continue on for breakfast at Corners on King after the walk. For more information email Amie Lewtas at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kalgoorlie (10 September, 6.30am. Federal Hotel, 1 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie. Breakfast will be served at St Barbara Square after the walk. For more information contact Kateryna Nikolaiyjenko at email@example.com)
- Perth (5 September, 5.30am. Wadjuk carpark meeting spot, Kings Park, Perth. Coffee and muffins will be available after the walk. For more information, email Natalie Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Safety Bay (13 September, 8.30am. Foreshore Park, Safety Bay. Leg it for Lifeline will commence at 8.45am, followed by the four kilometre walk. There will be a free fruit, as well as a sausage sizzle, cool drink and coffee available for purchase after the walk. A piece of art work to commemorate our loved ones will be available for everyone to participate in. Free event but gold coin donation to Lifeline appreciated.For more information contact Sharon Young at email@example.com)
- South Perth (6 September, 8am. South Perth foreshore, directly opposite Queens Street, South Perth. The total distance is 10 kilometres but people can catch the ferry at the five kilometre mark. Dogs welcome. For more information contact Mark Borosh at firstname.lastname@example.org).
There will also be a Suicide Prevention Day walk in Broome on 10 September from 10am until 12.30pm, starting from the Broome Court House on to the Heritage Centre with speeches by service providers and information for people to access. The walk will be followed by lunch.
Youth Focus will be celebrating its Night of Nights Ball on Saturday, 12 September. The event raises funds to help Youth Focus make a difference in the lives of young Western Australians at risk of suicide, depression, anxiety, and self-harm. For more information, contact Youth Focus at email@example.com or call 6266 4333.