NATIONAL DAY TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF SUICIDE AND REACH OUT TO THOSE LEFT BEHIND

NATIONAL DAY TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF SUICIDE AND REACH OUT TO THOSE LEFT BEHIND

27 May 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George encouraged families and friends of those who have died as a result of suicide to allow themselves to grieve on White Wreath Day, and to seek out and connect with others impacted by this tragedy.

Mr George said that for many, suicide remains a taboo subject, and that a great many people each year deny themselves the opportunity to reflect on their loss and share their feelings with others.

White Wreath Day, celebrated this year on Sunday 29 May, provides people with a chance to lay photographs, flowers, wreaths, poems and sentimental memorabilia for those lost by the tragic means of suicide.

“White Wreath Day offers us a chance to reach out to the families and friends of those who are touched by these tragedies,” Mr George said.

While we have come a long way in recognising the signs of severe depression or the signs that someone may be suicidal, people should also take the opportunity to check in with friends and family who have been affected by suicide.

This day, and normally anniversaries of a loved one’s death and other milestones are impossibly painful times, but important that events like this exist – to help people grieve and share their feelings about their loss,” Mr George said.

Mr George said it wasn’t necessary for people to attend formal events, but encouraged people to remember their loved one and use this as an opportunity to heal.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577