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Walk for Suicide Prevention

Published: Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 11:20:49 AM

The second annual Rowan’s Walk will take place on Wednesday 16 October in Port Hedland, raising awareness of suicide in the Port Hedland and wider Pilbara community.

Started by local man Rowan Dann, 18, the event brings together local residents, community leaders and industry representatives to reflect on the impact suicide has.

With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rates of suicide at around 2.6 times the rate of the broader population, Rowan’s intention is to highlight the crisis.

Disproportionately affecting men and boys, shining the light on the issue, Mr Dann seeks to encourage people to reach out and ask for help.

Town of Port Hedland Commissioner Hon Fred Riebeling said Rowan’s Walk was testament to Mr Dann’s leadership and courage.

“The continued prevalence of suicide in our community is cause for concern,” Hon Riebeling said.

“Mr Dann, who was a recipient of last year’s Hedland Community Citizen of the Year Youth Award, has galvanised people around an issue by showing exemplary leadership.”

“I’d like to thank Mr Dann for his hard work in turning the walk into an annual call to action and ensuring that suicide and its causes are kept at the front of the public’s consciousness.

Mr Dann was also the successful recipient of funding through the Town of Port Hedland’s Youth Development Grant.

“Mr Dann also works at our JD Hardie Youth Zone, where he continues to set a great example for the Town’s young people.”

“We are exceptionally proud of Mr Dann and his endeavours and I encourage everyone to attend the Walk on 16 October.”

If you or someone you know needs help now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For media information:
Laura Hawes, Manager Marketing Communications and Events
(08) 9158 9365
lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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