Take vital steps
REGISTRATIONS are now open for Lifeline's Out of the Shadows and into the Light community walks, which mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 to offer support and hope to those touched by mental illness and suicide.
The Coffs Harbour walk will be held on Sunday, September 13, at 10am from Park Beach Reserve to the Jetty Foreshores.
Former NRL player and Lifeline Ambassador Daniel Conn said the community walks would highlight the importance of seeking the right help.
"During my playing career, I was too stubborn to accept that I had a mental illness," Daniel said.
"Now I want others going through similar battles to know they are not alone, and help is available.
"Getting involved with Out of the Shadows is a great way to show the people in your life - your teammates, friends and family members - that Lifeline is there for them 24/7."
Lifeline Australia chairman John Brogden said the walks are an opportunity for people to come together in a proactive and positive way.
"It's important for the community to confront these issues head on and not give in to the fear and stigma around them," John said.
"As such, events like Out of the Shadows are important in encouraging a conversation around suicide, raising awareness and funds for Lifeline's 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services in the process."
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au/gethelp.