The NALAG Walk Towards Hope is a community walk and remembering service initiated by the NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo Suicide Prevention Network in 2012. Developed as a community awareness event to coincide with Word Suicide Prevention Day, the walk provides aa remembering and healing opportunity for people who have been bereaved by suicide.
The Walk encourages people to come together as a community and speak out to help reduce the stigma surrounding suicide. Speaking out about suicide can make apositive impact on mental health and wellbeing - it can save lives.
The first annual Walk Towards Hope was in held in Dubbo, followed the next year by Wellington. It is our hope to see all communities hold their own events to help assist in suicide prevention.
The walk is about making communities aware of the NALAG Support and other services available to all those touched by suicide. It is a way of helping to build resilient communities to prevent suicide.
The Walk Towards Hope is held in Dubbo every year in September usually on the Saturday following World Suicide Prevention Day. World Suicide Prevention Day is held on the 10th Sepetmber each year. More about World Suicide Prevention Day
In 2017, the Walk Towards Hope will be held on Saturday 9th September. The walk will start at 11.30am from Bob Jane T-Mart in Macquarie Street and proceed across the LH Ford Bridge to Lions Park in West Dubbo. Arrive early to receive your complimentary T-Shirt.
There will be local support services with their information tents, plus activties for the kids. At 12.00 noon the Remembering Ceremony will commence followed by a BBQ lunch and entertainment.
If you would like to attend the Walk Towards Hope, arrive early on the day to collect your T-Shirt and then we will walk across the bridge at 11.00am together.
Are you a local organisation and would like to get involved in the walk? Please contact the NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief in Dubbo for more information. Contact us.
Not local? If you beleive your community would benefit from hosting a Walk Towards Hope Contact us.
As of 2011, an estimated one million people per year die by suicide or "a death every 40 seconds or about 3,000 every day.
According to WHO (World Health Organisation) there are twenty people who have a failed suicide attempt for every one that is successful, at a rate approximately one every three seconds.
Suicide is the "most common cause of death for people aged 15 – 24. More people die from suicide than from murder and war; it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide.
The number of people who die by suicide is expected to reach 1.5 million per year by 2020.Learn More