City HopeWalk supports suicide prevention effort

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out today to join the HopeWalk along George St, which aims to bring greater awareness around suicide and promote suicide prevention agencies.

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust chairwoman Corinda Taylor hoped the event would help remind those who felt like they were by themselves, that they were never alone.

HopeWalk would also bring greater awareness around suicide and promote the suicide prevention agencies which provide information and support around suicide-related issues.

The parade will start at 10.45am outside the School of Dentistry, in Great King St, and will finish in the Octagon where a minute of silence will be held to remember and mourn suicide victims.

"We want people to wear yellow — it signifies hope."

Ms Taylor said music and family activities would follow until noon.

She said it was one of several events being held in Dunedin in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

The organisation held a street appeal yesterday and raised about $2000 to help support the trust’s programmes  to improve New Zealand’s suicide statistics.

One of those programmes is SafeTalk — an internationally recognised training programme which teaches participants to recognise people with suicidal thoughts, and connect them to suicide intervention resources.

"We provide much needed support and give a voice for the thousands of families devastated by suicide," she said.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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