Roses for suicide awareness

AWARENESS: Hundreds gathered on the foreshore to cast roses into the ocean to remember a loved one lost to suicide. Credit: Bryan Rotherham.
AWARENESS: Hundreds gathered on the foreshore to cast roses into the ocean to remember a loved one lost to suicide. Credit: Bryan Rotherham.

Around 250 people united in an emotional display in the Roses in the Ocean Walk on Sunday.

The walk began at the Sempre Cafe in the main street and ended at the Whyalla Foreshore, where participants cast roses into the ocean.

Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network Chairperson Janice Eygenraam said the aim of Roses in the Ocean was for ‘all people with a lived experience of suicide to feel confident accessing a range of services and supports which will empower them towards recovery in a timely, respectful and compassionate manner’.

“The roses would have been mostly in remembrance of a loved one but also a way of showing resilience and support for each other in those family’s that have been bereaved by a suicide,” she said.

A number of guest speakers participated in the event, with Adam Wilson playing the Digeridoo, Member for Giles Eddie Hughes MP gave a short address and welcomed the crowd, and I’m Not Afraid To Talk President Jeremy Edwards was the MC for the morning.

The event was instigated by Aboriginal Educator Jeanette Cowan, and was organised by the WSPN, Country SAPHN, Headspace, Centacare, Roses in the Ocean and Standby Response.

The sponsors for the day were Sempre, Flowers by Alicia, Courtney Hewett Photography, Geoff Croft Photography, Woolworths, Roses in the Ocean, and the WSPN.