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Walk to prevent suicide

• By Bridget Rutherford

MORE THAN 500 people

are expected to gather in

Hagley Park this weekend

to raise awareness for

suicide prevention.

HopeWalk Christchurch

will take place from 8-9am

on Saturday, starting at the

Botanic Gardens Visitor

Centre.

HopeWalk Suicide

Prevention Trust founder

Joseph Fa’afiu said the

walk would bring people

together to show people

are not alone. They would

be wearing yellow – the

colour of hope.

The trust aims to break

the stigma, shame and

silence around suicide. A

coroner’s report said Canterbury

had the highest

number of suicides in the

country from July 2015 to

July 2016, with 78. In the

last decade, there were 599

suicides in Canterbury.

Mr Fa’afiu said trauma

and anxiety, which could

lead to depression, was

a high contributor to

the high suicide rate in

Christchurch.

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