Suicide awareness walk at Umina Beach

Coast Community Connections held the same event on Umina Beach in 2017 Coast Community Connections held the same event on Umina Beach in 2017

A suicide awareness walk will be held from 9 am to 11 am on Sunday, September 9, at Umina Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

Organised by Coast Community Connections, the Out of the Shadows Awareness Walks are promoted by mental health service Lifeline, annually in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday, September 10. “This walk aims to raise awareness, remember those lost to suicide, and unite in a commitment to prevent further deaths by suicide. Coast Community Connections general manager Ms Emma Gilby said: “All are welcome and the event will include a welcome before a procession down to the water’s edge to launch a surf boat.

“The group will then walk down towards the southern end of the beach where a reflection and smoking ceremony will take place.” Umina Surf Lifesaving Club will help with free bacon and egg rolls after the walk. “Lifeline counsellors and support staff will also be available to speak with anyone needing support or information,” Ms Gilby said.

SOURCE: Social media, 22 Aug 2018 Emma Gilby, Coast Community Connections

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