Out of the Shadows walk honours those lost to suicide

In step together: Lifeline's Out of the Shadows walks honour those lost to suicide.
In step together: Lifeline's Out of the Shadows walks honour those lost to suicide.

Locals whose lives have been touched by suicide are invited to join Lifeline's Out of the Shadows walk at Harrington Park Oval on Saturday, September 14.

The event, held annually in the same week as World Suicide Prevention Day, honours those lost to suicide, bringing their memory into the light and removing the stigma surrounding suicide.

Lifeline Macarthur's chief executive Brad Hannagan said Out of the Shadows walks enabled the family and friends of those who have died by suicide to connect with others and feel comfortable to have a conversation about it.

"Survivors often live with mixed and confusing feelings after they've lost someone to suicide," Mr Hannagan said.

"Every conversation, support group, or community event like Out of the Shadows is an important opportunity for Macarthur to support other locals on stigmatised topics like suicide and mental health."

The walk at Harrington Park Oval will be 3.128km - representing the 3,128 Australian lives lost to suicide in 2017, the last reporting period.

Participants are asked to arrive at 7am for a 7.30am start. The walk will conclude about 9.30am after a candle lighting ceremony.

Mr Hannagan said the walk aimed to bring suicide out of the shadows, acknowledge those touched by suicide and highlight the importance of human connection for people in their darkest hours.

Each year about 80,000 Australians attempt suicide.

"It's important for people thinking about ending their own life to understand that they are not alone and help is available," Mr Hannagan said.

Register your attendance at the Macarthur Out of the Shadows walk at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/out-of-the-shadows-walk-macarthur-tickets-67135799985

For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.