Walk helps mother grieving for young daughter

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THE Suicide Awareness Walk gave Lisa Kidman “a little bit of strength” in trying times.

Ms Kidman lost her 17-year-old daughter Lindsay to suicide last Christmas.

She said the death came as a shock to those closest to her, including Lindsay’s best friend, with no indication she was suicidal.

“She didn’t reach out to anyone, no note, nothing,” she said.

“The only message was the words ‘I’m sorry’ etched (where she died).

“That’s the only message that was left.

“They often don’t reach out because they don’t want people to know.

“It’s almost a little bit of silent killer, especially with the younger ones.”

Ms Kidman has leant on colleagues for support since her daughter’s passing.

“I think she just felt very alone and that was her way to get a bit of peace unfortunately,” she said.

“She’s got three sisters aged 21, 19 and 16.

“It’s had a big effect.

“Her closest friend isn’t coping well, her boyfriend at the time, he’s not coping really well.

“It’s had a big effect on the wider community and the school she used to go to, Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

“It definitely reaches more than just the family.”

While the loss has also impacted heavily upon Ms Kidman, she takes some comfort from the support around her.

“I think it’s really important to publicise these events,” she said.

“If I didn’t have the support of my work colleagues I’d be lost.” 

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