Roadshows and sunrise walk to help suicide prevention

ON THE ROAD: Social worker Tim Kroehn will be driving the bus as it heads out in November to help reach communities. Photo: Stuart Taverner
ON THE ROAD: Social worker Tim Kroehn will be driving the bus as it heads out in November to help reach communities. Photo: Stuart Taverner

Nuriootpa's Shaping Futures will be teaming up with an Adelaide suicide prevention organisation to take messages of positivity around mental health on the road in the Barossa, Light and mid-north regions.

Thanks to a $5,000 government grant through the state government Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme, Shaping Futures and 'Talk About It' will be taking the Regional Youth Bus on the road for a series of all ages sessions.

Shaping Futures Industry Engagement Project Officer Kathryn Schilling said their collaboration with Talk About It is about starting conversations and working with people to break down stigma and the barriers around suicide.

"People can come along to these events and listen to shared experiences or even share their own experiences," she said.

"Talk Out Loud are all about talking about the situation and that's how they help people is by encouraging those conversations.

The roadshow is planned for November 15 and 16.

A key focus of the project will be connecting with communities who are struggling with drought.

Kathryn Schilling said this was because of the pressure that severe drought can put on primary producers and even local vignerons.

"..there's a lot of primary producers out there really struggling financially and those financial issues are the ones that often bring mental health challenges that can lead to suicide," she said.

If you think your school or community group would be interested in being part of a positive mental health discussion in November, please contact Shaping Futures on 8842 2268 during office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sunrise walk

Coinciding with the roadshows will be a sunrise walk from Angaston Railway Station to Nuriootpa on Saturday November 16.

The picturesque morning walk will be chance to show support for better conversations around mental health and also be an opportunity for people to commemorate and remember people that they have lost to suicide.

"People can bring along a photograph of someone they've lost and a lantern," Mrs Schilling explained.

"We hope it's a lovely morning and we will be able to walk down the Angaston hills and watch the sunrise over out beautiful Barossa Valley on that lovely bike track."

The sunrise walk is planned to leave Angaston Railway Station at approximately 5am on Saturday November 16 and go for about an hour and a half.

Shaping Futures is planning a breakfast at Nuriootpa at the finish of the walk.