Sunday 8 September
SPAN has been holding its Suicide Awareness Walk annually since 2010, and this year will be its 10th anniversary Walk, which is a dream of its founding members. The walk is a positive, active community event where people come together and pay tribute to lost loved ones, offer support to those hurting, and ultimately embrace the gift of life.
The Walk has evolved into a positive, family and community event that allows everyone directly or indirectly affected by suicide to offer their support to others.
The 2019 Walk will be held on Sunday 8 September at Johnstone Park, Gheringhap Street, Geelong, starting with registration at 8.30am to 9.30am followed by a short Memorial Service. The Walk then begins at 10.15am and will be followed by music, a free barbecue and refreshments. SPAN merchandise can be purchased on the day.
Register on the day or online at www.spangeelong.com
Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network
SPAN (Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network) was started after a spate of suicides in Geelong and affected family members, concerned community members and health professionals who decided to work together to reduce the number of lives lost to suicide.
SPAN members believe suicide awareness is everyone’s responsibility and is a subject that must be talked about openly and sensitively. They strongly believe their initiatives can and will make a difference.
Their aim has been to combat the stigma and shame that can accompany suicide and this walk is a means of bringing people together to raise awareness of suicide.
For crisis support call Lifeline: 13 11 14
For bereavement support call Hope Bereavement Care: 4215 3358