A record number of people came together at the Breakwater for Lifeline's 'Walk With Us' for World Suicide Prevention Day.
Held in honour of those lost to suicide Lifeline South West's community suicide prevention coordinator Elizabeth Barrett was overwhelmed with the amount of people who took part in the early morning walk.
"Over 100 community members showed their support and acknowledged we have a mental health predicament; a devastating set of circumstances effecting us as a community, a city and a nation," Ms Barrett said.
"Each walker was given Gerbera as a symbol of peace and hope, which was later placed on a board and launched out to sea by the volunteer girls Ella and Molly.
"Today we hope to connect with people in distress and encourage them to reach out for support. We understand through collective and collaborative effort more people will be kept safe and well."
In its fifth year the walk began at 6am and supports local World Suicide Prevention Day which internationally raises awareness of suicide on September 10.
"Working together to prevent suicide through encouraging people to connect, be present and listen is vital," Ms Barrett said.
"There is always hope and there is help available and Lifeline is committed to ensuring people know where to get help.
"We all have a role to play in supporting people in crisis and preventing suicide."
Lifeline's Warrnambool team answered 13,760 calls in the past 12 months from people seeking help. In the last reporting period there were 3,128 Australian lives lost to suicide in 2017 according to Lifeline and each year around 80,000 Australians attempt suicide.
Lifeline receives close to one million contacts from Australians in crisis every year and each call costs $40 for the organisation to receive and provide a service.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Lifeline and donations can be made through stickytickets.com.au/82870/
- Anyone who needs help can phone Lifeline on 131 114 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636
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