Three people who have had family members die by suicide are organising a walk in Gore to raise awareness of suicide and ways to prevent it.
The Hope Walk will be held on Saturday, starting at noon at Hamilton Park.
Raising awareness of the issue was close to her heart, one of the organisers Michelle Hamlin, of Gore, said.
“My dad suicided a couple of years ago,” she said.
Her father had just retired from his job.
She went through a range of emotions when her father died.
“For a start you’re really angry with them,” Mrs Hamlin said.
But then she realised how desperate someone would have to be to commit suicide.
Wondering why it had happened was difficult to deal with, she said.
“It’s hard – you don’t know.”
Neville Sadlier, of Gore, has lost two sons to suicide.
His son Jamie died in 2014 and son Tony in 2015.
Jamie was 25 and Tony 22.
“The last messages I got from the boys was texts,” Mr Sadlier said.
He had also lost a niece and nephew to suicide, he said.
“It’s just out of control completely,” he said.
Fellow walk organiser Vanessa Mardon said people could wear yellow to show their support at the walk and there would be yellow ribbons available for a donation.
The prevalence of suicide was such that most people knew of someone who had committed suicide, Mrs Mardon said.
She and the other organisers urged people to talk to others if they were facing hard times.
The walk will begin at the cricket pavilion at Hamilton Park.
This will be the second Hope Walk held in Gore. The first was in 2016, attended by about 150 people.
Where to get help
Healthline 0800 611-116
Lifeline Aotearoa 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828-865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Samaritans 0800 726-666
General mental health inquiries: 0800 44-33-66
The Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
Youthline 0800 376-633 txt 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Up (for 5- to 18-year-olds; 1pm-11pm): 0800 942-8787
Kidsline (aimed at children up to age 14; 4pm-6pm weekdays): 800 54-37-54 (0800 kidsline)