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A community walk has shone the light on suicide and depression and unified those affected by the tragedy.
Sunday’s Out of the Shadows walk for suicide awareness, held in Kooweerup on World Suicide Prevention Day, saw people come from as far as Yarram to walk in solace in remembrance of those lost to suicide.
The one-kilometre walk’s purpose was to start a conversation about the often taboo subject while letting those affected by suicide and depression know that they aren’t alone.
Event co-organiser and paramedic Jo Algie has seen first-hand the impact suicide has on first responders and those left behind.
She wanted the day to take away the stigma associated with suicide and said participant feedback was positive.
“We’ve had lots of messages since then saying, thank you, now I know I’m not alone,” Ms Algie said.
“That’s exactly what we wanted to hear.
“The day was really good, it worked well.”
An annual event, the next walk is being planned for 9 September next year.

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