JOIN THE WALK: Sandra Keller from the Ipswich Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network and Karen Prestidge from Lifeline promote the Out of the Shadows and Into the Light walk on September 12.
JOIN THE WALK: Sandra Keller from the Ipswich Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network and Karen Prestidge from Lifeline promote the Out of the Shadows and Into the Light walk on September 12. Rob Williams

Walk to help people cope

LIFELINE and Ipswich Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network are encouraging those who have lost a loved one to suicide to join them in a walk to raise awareness about the issue.

ISPAN chair Sandra Keller said the Out of the Shadows and Into the Light Ipswich walk brought together people who had experienced the effects of suicide.

"A lot of people say the walk is the first time they openly talk about how it has affected them," she said.

"There is still a lot of stigma attached to suicide, so we want to give people the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their experience."

Ms Keller, who lost her brother to suicide, said it was important to build awareness of services and resources available to people in our community who might be suffering from suicidal depression and anxiety.

"We're looking out for each other by encouraging the importance of regular, meaningful conversations. We want to give people the confidence to turn to each other to talk about life's ups and downs," she said.

"Seeing so many people at the walk who have been touched by suicide gives you that validation that you're not alone."

The walk finishes with a morning tea and chat.

The walk will be held at Nerima Gardens in Queens Park at 9am on September 12.

Register online at outoftheshadows.org.au.

For more phone 0448 809 018.

For crisis or suicide prevention support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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