THE BASS Coast chapter of Survivors of Suicide (SoS), a group for people who have lost friends or family to suicide, held their inaugural community walk for suicide awareness on Sunday.
Participants started at Newhaven College’s Boys Home Road campus in Newhaven and walked approximately 3.5km to the National Vietnam Museum Remembrance Gardens, where they laid flowers in the Reflection Garden.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support people have given us,” said Jillian Drew, ambassador for the Bass Coast chapter.
“I believe everyone has had some sort of impact from suicides. It’s something that touches nearly everyone. No one wants it to and no one wants it to continue.”
Several members of the Bass Coast Shire Council were in attendance at the walk, including Cr Bradley Drew, Cr Neil Rankine and Mayor Jordan Crugnale.
Also present at the event were two ponies, which were there to promote the equine assisted support program that SoS offers.
Survivors of Suicide (SoS) was founded by Kristy Steenhius who, in the aftermath of her husband’s suicide in 2005, discovered that there was nowhere for people to turn when faced with such bereavement.
The Bass Coast chapter of SoS was started one year ago and meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Surf Room of Newhaven College.
The Bass Coast chapter is now preparing for an upcoming community forum on June 26 at the Newhaven College Auditorium.
The forum will feature five different speakers, including Ms Steenhius.
If you or someone you know are experiencing difficulties, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit beyondblue at www.beyondblue.org.au