CHALK IT UP: The annual event to help people cope with the loss of a loved one.
CHALK IT UP: The annual event to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. Contributed

Decorate Toowoomba to help prevent suicide

EACH year more than 3000 Australians take their own lives, pushing the rate of suicide to a 10-year high.

It is a worrying statistic that Robyn Vahua hopes to reduce.

She will host a Chalk it up for Suicide event in Queens Park, near Margaret St on August 31, from 9am.

"The aim is to draw pictures, leave messages of hope and your own personal experience around mental health in chalk on the pavement," Ms Vahua said.

"The goal is to spread that this extremely high number is not okay in our society.

"We will do it on the pathways that run through the park, so it will be safe for children."

Chalk it up events have grown in popularity in recent years as families look for a vibrant way to celebrate lives cut short.

They are also a great way to address mental health.

"The messages are to create honest conversations among each other and talk about mental health issues," Ms Vahua said.

"Let's stop people suffering in silence and let them know we are here for them."

Bring the kids along, draw beautiful pictures and teach them it is okay to ask for help.

Chalk will be provided.

If this story has affected you and you need to speak to someone phone;

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Emergency Services: 000

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636


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