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There is hope . . .Gore resident Vanessa Mardon is on a mission to show people there is a bright future ahead – she is placing positive messages around Hamilton Park. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Laminated notes of encouragement aimed at people facing personal crisis have been placed in Hamilton Park.

The author of the notes, Vanessa Mardon, of Gore, saw a project online where a teenager placed encouraging notes on a bridge to help persuade those contemplating suicide to seek help.

Mrs Mardon, who once formed a depression support group in Gore, decided she wanted to increase suicide awareness and offer encouragement to those who were facing what they believed were unsurmountable challenges.

Mrs Mardon has battled with depression and is passionate about showing people there is a way through the illness.

“I have decided to up the ante on suicide awareness – I have written a heap of inspirational notes and have placed them randomly around Hamilton Park,” Mrs Mardon said.

“I hope this can save at least one person considering to end their lives.”

Mrs Mardon started putting the signs in Hamilton Park on Monday morning.

The signs included “When it is darkest we can see the stars” and “If you’re looking for a sign not to end your life this is it”.

Hamilton Park is a popular area with the public.

A Gore resident was impressed with Mrs Mardon’s initiative.

The resident, who saw the signs at the park, was overwhelmed by the power of the positive messages.

Reading the messages could provide a turning point for someone in need, she said.

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

Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797

General mental health inquiries: 800 44 33 66