Community

Out of the Shadows and into the Light

SAVING LIVES: Pat Consen answers the Lifeline crisis chat phone as her colleague Marion Sneddon lends support.
SAVING LIVES: Pat Consen answers the Lifeline crisis chat phone as her colleague Marion Sneddon lends support. Hannah Baker

PAT CONSEN used to be the caring voice at the end of a Lifeline crisis chat and now she is helping families overcome the devastation caused by suicide.

The Fraser District Lifeline service co-ordinator walked alongside more than 50 others in the 'Out of the Shadows and into the Light' walk on Thursday morning.

The annual stroll helps those affected by suicide to reflect.

"When someone takes their own life, there's a stigma attached to it and the people left behind are alone and feel like they can't talk about it," she said.

"The world comes to life when we finish the walk on the jetty at dawn. There are fisherman about, the sun comes out from behind the clouds and the birds are singing."

With the help of colleague Marion Sneddon, Pat spent yesterday afternoon stripping petals from rose bushes.

"We give the petals to people to cast out into the ocean and it's lovely to see them all float together from the shore," she said.

In the eyes of both Pat and Marion, talking about suicide is the key to its prevention.

"The more people talk about it, the more potential there is to save lives," Marion said.

The walk coincided with today's national 'R U OK' day which is about connecting and letting others know they are not a burden.

Has someone asked if you're okay?

Share your story on our website: http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/your-story/

Topics:  out of the shadows and into the light walk, suicide prevention week




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Origin star Billy Slater gets set to meet fans in Hervey Bay

Queensland Origin legend Billy Slater is visiting Hervey Bay this week.

ORIGIN star Billy Slater will visit Hervey Bay on Friday.

Business leaders concerned after council advisor appointed

Director of the Airport Service Centre, Glen Winney at the site of the new BP Service Station being built in stage 1 of the new development. Photo: KARLEILA THOMSEN 10h973b

Business speaks out as Department of Local Government steps in

10 tips for a long and strong marriage

After sixty-six years of marriage, Fay Wyeth says dating should never get old and it’s okay to admire the opposite sex as long as it’s nothing more.

10. Always have a sense of humour

Latest deals and offers

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Jay Leno in spectacular rollover

Car flips after wheelie stunt.

Jay Leno gets more than he expected when he rides along in a 2500 HP Barracuda.

John Oliver on Brexit

John Oliver tries to explain the Brexit result.

John Oliver explains the fallout from Brexit on Last Week Tonight.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%