Woman speaking into a microphone to a crowd of people at sunrise in a park with a display of flowers.

Kelly Saidey, Suicide Prevention Manager Lifeline Mid Coast, addresses the gathering at the Port Macquarie Out of the Shadows Walk.

Bringing mental health and suicide out of the shadows

Sep 28, 2023

On World Suicide Prevention Day, Mid North Coast Local Health District Integrated Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services attended the Out of the Shadows walk with community members and our partners at Lifeline Mid Coast and Lifeline North Coast.

Out of the shadows is a walk led by Lifeline to remember those lost to suicide and help Australians in crisis.

In Port Macquarie, the walk began at 5.30am from Town Beach, wandering along the breakwall with a beautiful sunrise. Speakers from Lifeline Mid Coast spoke on remembering those who have died by suicide and raising awareness about the importance of reaching out for help when needed.  

In the afternoon, staff joined Lifeline North Coast and locals in Coffs Harbour for a walk across the jetty and along Jetty Beach.

Remember, reach out for support if you or your friends or family are at risk, feeling low, or want to talk.

Key crisis numbers

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Crisis line for First Nations people: 13 YARN (13 92 76)

Brother to Brother (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander men & boys): 1800 435 799

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Qlife LGBTQI support: 1800 184 527

Suicide Callback Service: 1800 659 467

1800 RESPECT (for people experiencing domestic violence): 1800 737 732

NSW Rape Crisis Line: 1800 424 017

Open Arms Veterans and family counselling: 1800 011 046

24hr Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511

24hr Alcohol and Other Drugs Information Service (ADIS): 1800 250 015



People walking at sunrise in a park.

The Port Macquarie Out of the Shadows walk began at Town Beach.

A crowd of people gathering at a beach at sunrise.

A crowd of people gathered at a beach at sunrise in Port Macquarie to remember those lost to suicide.

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