RAISING AWARENESS: The Out of the Shadows and Into the Light walk prepares to leave See Park on Saturday morning. They walked to Memorial Park in a bid to raise awareness about suicide prevention.
RAISING AWARENESS: The Out of the Shadows and Into the Light walk prepares to leave See Park on Saturday morning. They walked to Memorial Park in a bid to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Jojo Newby

Reflecting on the tragedy and loss of suicide

A DAY to reflect, a day to remember and a day to pay tribute to those who lost the battle with suicide.

That was the theme on Saturday as Lifeline hosted its second Out of the Shadows and into the Light community walk through Grafton.

Lifeline volunteer Kevin Donoghue said the atmosphere was moving and one of togetherness.

"When we got there and I welcomed people and thanked them for turning up. I said 'this is your day to reflect and remember'," Mr Donoghue said.

Tealight candles were handed out to the 20-or-so walkers, for them to light in honour of someone they had lost to suicide.

Mr Donoghue said he was thrilled to see a group of young men and women join the event, one with a four-legged friend in tow.

"A thankyou to them from me for their attendance," Mr Donoghue said.

The walk was a prelude to World Suicide Prevention Day, which was yesterday, and aimed to raise awareness about an issue that is all too often kept hidden.

While the date for next year's walk has not been set, it will be mid-September.

Lifeline North Coast called on people from the community to help spread the word that suicide can be prevented and that help is available 24/7 through Lifeline.

Anyone feeling vulnerable should contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If a life is in immediate danger, phone 000.



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