LAST year people from across Victoria embraced Bendigo's first ever suicide prevention and awareness walk with more than 350 turning out. This year more than 500 people walked to raise awareness and remember those lost to suicide.
See below for coverage of the 2013 event:
Hundreds walk in Bendigo for suicide awareness
BENDIGO is a giant step closer to breaking down the taboos surrounding suicide after more than 500 people took part in yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network’s walk. Read more here.
Friends, family pay tribute at SPAN walk
COLLEEN Gray and Kirsty D’Arcy attended yesterday’s suicide awareness walk in honour of son and brother Matthew Gray, who lost his life to suicide in 2005. Read more here.
SPAN walk spreads suicide prevention message
WE all have an important role to play in suicide prevention. That was the message being spread at yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network (SPAN) walk through Bendigo’s CBD. Read more here.
Suicide impact still felt at home
PEOPLE taking part in the 2013 SPAN suicide awareness walk speak to the Bendigo Advertiser about why they're walking. Read more here.
Gone, but not forgotten
ASHLEIGH Mccallum stepped out in support of a former class mate at yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network walk. Read more here.
Editorial: We all have a duty to help prevent suicide
WHEN was the last time you asked someone: “Are you OK?” Yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network (SPAN) walk was an important reminder to take the time to check the mental well-being of your friends, family members and work colleagues. Read more here.
Memorial quilt to raise suicide awareness
THE Suicide Prevention Awareness Network central Victoria group is inviting Bendigo residents to take part in the making of a memorial quilt, which will be displayed around the region to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Read more here.
Gallery: 2013 SPAN suicide awareness walk
Think about the ones left behind, urges Bendigo woman
STACEY McGregor shares her story of losing her two siblings to suicide. Read more here.
Mum, daughter walk to remember with love
HAYLEE Kennedy speaks about why she and daughter Gemmah participated in last year's SPAN walk. Read more here.
Grieving a son who took his own life
SPAN walk 2012
Crowd shows they care through Bendigo walk
MORE than 350 people turned out for the first central Victorian suicide prevention and awareness walk on Saturday, despite the cold and wet weather. Read more here.
Communities need to talk about suicide
THERE is no doubt that communities need to talk about the issue of suicide – in families, among friends, in health services, and in workplaces. Writes JAELEA SKEHAN.
Lifeline website or call 13 11 14;
Suicide Call Back Service website or call 1300 659 467;
For young people aged between 5-25: Kids Helpline website or call 1800 55 1800;
For men of all ages: MensLine Australia website or call 1300 78 99 78;
For people bereaved by suicide: Salvation Army Hope For Life website or call 1300 467 354;
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Vibe website;
SANE Australia website or call 1800 18 7263;
For young people: Reach Out! website;
Or talk to you local GP or health professional.