Suicide Awareness Walk

The SPAN, Suicide Awareness walk is on again. Sunday 9th September at Johnston Park from 8.30am. It is hosted by @SPAN – Suicide Prevention Awareness Network and Support After Suicide Geelong Region. The $10 from the walk registration goes to much needed support programs in our region.

Span Walk 2018

17 year old Geelong teenager, Shaun, committed suicide in January 2009. His mum, Lisa Castle, vowed his death would not be in vain. She formed SPAN (Suicide Prevention Awareness Network) made up of people affected by suicide, concerned community members and health professionals who decided to work together to try to reduce the number of lives lost. The walk is a positive, active community event where people can come together and pay tribute to lost loved ones, offer support to those hurting, embrace the gift of life and raise awareness.

“The walk has no stigma attached. Names are read out as a mark of respect and everyone comments on what a nice feeling and closeness there is. We have people coming back every year. If we can save one life it’s worth it. Our message is, you might be having a tough time but it will pass, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it is okay to ask for help, it is a strength,” Lisa told us in an interview in early 2017.

“Loss from suicide is overwhelming, intense and confusing. Each person’s feelings will vary yet the grief and unanswered questions can consume you. SPAN aims to create suicide awareness in the community so those faced with loss or feeling they have nowhere to turn, have the support they need.” From SPAN website.

If you feel distress, please feel free to contact us on 4215 3358 from 9-5 Monday to Friday. Outside of these times please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide line on 1300 651 251

Story sourced by Jacqui Bennett. Photo: Supplied