WAGGA was awash with blue yesterday as more than 50 businesses and countless residents across the city rallied behind Blue Day.
Run by the Wagga and Region Suicide Prevention Network (SPN), the second annual day of blue was all about fund-raising and increasing awareness.
One of the places this was achieved was at Bunnings Warehouse, with people gathering around for a chat at a barbecue manned by SPN members.
“Things have been going fairly well, we want to bring awareness to suicide prevention and we have been handing out these crisis cards,” SPN chairman David Schultz said. “This year’s theme is It’s All About Living.”
Bunnings activities organiser Marion Roache said the cause meant a lot to her and her co-workers after they had lost a team member to suicide.
“We’ve supported the SPN throughout the year, it’s an important cause,” she said.
According to Wagga psychologist and SPN member Dan Hayes, a stall in the Marketplace and a barbecue at CSU also saw large crowds yesterday. “To reduce the loss of lives in the community we need to focus on prevention intervention and postvention,” he said.
“Suicide can affect anyone, it’s not just a certain group so while it would be nice to sometimes ask for help, sometimes you need someone to look out for them and offer that helping hand.”
To keep in touch with the latest information on the SPN like their Facebook page at www.facebook南京夜网/WWRSPN.
If you need help:
beyondblue 1300 224 636
Lifeline 13 11 14;
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800;
Sunflower House 6931 8770;
GSAHS Carer Assist 6925 9399;
Community mental health access line: 1800 800 944
Riverina Headspace: 6923 3170
CAMPAIGN CALL: Wagga Region Suicide Prevention Network chairman David Schulz hopes to raise funds for and spread awareness of suicide prevention through this year’s Blue Day. Picture: Oscar Colman
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