Ceremony to remember suicide toll

COOLOOLA Suicide Prevention Network is again remembering those who have died and joining with those bereaved or touched by suicide in a special ceremony in Gympie's Memorial Park Rotunda on Friday.

The ceremony starts at noon and takes place a day before World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday.

This year the Gympie Region mayor Ron Dyne, the Victory College choir and senior art students, the Women's Health Centre's Power of Women's Voice singers and chaplain Kylie Read will be involved in the ceremony.

The Salvation Army will provide tea and coffee at the ceremony's conclusion.

Estimates from the World Health Organisation indicate about one million people around the world die by suicide every year.

In Australia, the figure is about 2000 people a year.

In addition, for those who die by suicide, many millions make non-fatal suicide attempts causing emotional distress and suffering for the people involved and their families.

The community has the capacity to prevent suicides.

Join this Friday's ceremony to remember who have died and support those who are bereaved.

For more information, contact Ruth Polley at Lifeline on 5480 3400.

Anyone feeling depressed can phone Lifeline on 131 114.

Gympie Times


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