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World Suicide Prevention Day, on Friday, September 10, is a chance for us to raise awareness of the impact of suicide in our communities and share support for the people that need it.

Wellways, a registered NDIS provider offering mental health and disability support and services, is running a suicide awareness campaign for World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday. The more people who participate, the more we can generate awareness about this issue that tragically affects so many people.

Wellways originally hoped collectively across our communities we would ride 3318 kms in acknowledgement of the lives lost to suicide. Now, we know that jumping on a bike, pedalling your heart out will not be achievable for some of us this year, as many of us are working from home, gyms are closed, and bikes might be hard to come by, but not to worry, we have a solution and we remain certain that, together, as a community, we will collectively meet our 3318km target.

In adjustment we have now agreed upon a variety of new and exciting ways to TAKE ACTION! This is action you can take in your home, workplace, park or as part of your daily exercise allowance.  Doing this not only helps raise awareness it also helps you look after your own health and wellbeing during these challenging times.

Action or variety of actions to be completed on the day, Friday September 10th and shared to social media accounts with the hashtag #breakthecycle21. Support with a photo and a tally of your contributed kilometres in your social media posts.

Do it for you! Do it for others!

20 sit ups = 1 km

5 minutes Step ups = 5km

50 push ups = 5km

Mindfulness – 5 minutes = 2km

Walking (steps or km walked, eg: 5000 steps = 5km)

Check in with a mate or someone you haven’t spoken to for a while = 5km

Dancing – 1 song = 5km per song

Hug a tree = 2km

Please don’t forget to post #breakthecycle21 so that we are able to tally your contribution.

If you or anyone you know needs help, resources are available:
Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Beyondblue: 1300 224 636
Qlife: 1800 184 527
Mensline: 1300 78 99 78
1800 Respect: 1800 426 820
Dolly’s Dream support line: 0488 881 033
Headspace Australia: 1800 650 890