Walk to raise awareness

Story appeared in: Review | October 16th, 2017

COMING together to raise awareness about mental health issues and suicide prevention, the fourth annual Together 4 Hope community candlelight walk through Auburn was held on Thursday.
Luke Foley, Opposition Leader and State MP for Auburn, said it was an inspiring event, bringing together local schools, community organisations, churches and mosques.
"We want to send a message to our people, especially those who are feeling isolated, lonely or depressed, that there is always someone to turn to. We are here to help each other," he said.
Held during Mental Health Week, Auburn Salvation Army Corps officer major Paul Moulds, says mental illness does not discriminate and impacts people from all cultures and backgrounds.
"(Suicide) continues to be a significant issue in the community," he said.
"We are certainly experiencing it in our work, particularly around issues of immigration, it leads people sometimes into a real dark place.
"The message for tonight is about building hope, and that no matter how bad it is right now, it can always change. Nothing stays the same."
Maj Moulds added this year they were looking to build on the walk's momentum thanks to a grant under the Stronger Communities program which had allowed them to employ a project worker.
He explained that as well as running forums over the next few weeks, they were also asking different communities to nominate people to be part of an ambassador program.

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