Cycling for suicide prevention
WHEN suicide occurs in a family, words can scarcely describe the feelings of grief and bewilderment experienced by the family members left behind - unfortunately these are feelings Canberra woman Philippa Seldon is all-too-familiar with.
In 2009 Ms Seldon's brother, Dale, took his own life aged 35 for reasons unclear to his loved ones - she said his death had inspired her to take-up the cause of raising awareness of suicide and ultimately putting a stop to it.
Ms Seldon and her friend, Gary Lilley, are currently cycling 1650km from Canberra to Brisbane on a campaign they've dubbed Cycle 4 Life - a campaign which is aimed at creating discussion about the taboo subject of suicide while drawing attention to counselling and support services offered through Lifeline Australia for people who might be contemplating it.
Yesterday the pair stopped in Grafton to rest before departing for Lismore today on the next leg of the journey. "Uncertainty will always remain around why Dale chose to take his own life. But since that terrible period we have realised just how many people feel driven to do likewise, and the devastating effect it has on those left behind," Ms Seldon said.
"My goal is to educate people about suicide prevention, what we can all do to assist someone at risk of suicide and to make people aware of the professional support that is available."
The pair will arrive in Brisbane on September 10 to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.
For more information on the Cycle 4 Life campaign and how to show your support visit www.cycle4life.org.au.