ORGANISERS of the Suicide Awareness Walk deserve to be congratulated, City of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons says.
Cr Lyons told people gathered at the event that several local groups had rallied together to make the annual walk a success.
“The walks have proven successful with hundreds turning out in support,” he said.
“This issue has been highlighted again with recent sad news of the suicide of the partner of Mick Jagger.
“This year’s event aims to continue to raise community awareness of the impact of suicide and also promote services for those people suffering with mental health issues and for those dealing with grief and loss as a result of suicide.”
Removing the “stigma and shame” around the topic was important, Cr Lyons said.
“By bringing this topic out into the open, it is hoped we can reduce the incidence of suicide in our community and make sure people know they do not have to be alone in their experiences,” he said.
“Today’s walk will not only continue to raise awareness of the issues of suicide but also provide an opportunity for everyone who has been touched by suicide to remember their loved ones, family friends work or school mates.
“It will also promote the range of support and services available to people who might be having difficulties with mental health and may be experience thoughts of suicide.”
Cr Lyons said groups including SPAN, Lifeline and HALT had played key roles in making the event successful.