On Friday September 11, the Circular Head Youth Leaders will be running the second ‘Lifeline Out of the Shadows’ event from 5.30pm.
CHYL member Tianna Marshall defined the event as “...a free for all event which is dedicated to remembering those who have been lost to suicide.”
Out of the Shadows is an initiative that was introduced to Circular Head by CHYL members in 2019, and is set to become an annual event in the region.
“It was created to spread awareness over mental health and bring together those who have been affected,” Tianna stated.
It involves a walk through West Esplanade, as well as speeches and performances. Attendees will be given the opportunity to take part in the walk, and will be encouraged to make a donation to Lifeline on the evening.
“A small group of CHYL leaders have gotten together over the past few Thursdays to practise a song they will be performing at the event,” Tianna said.
“The song will be played at the end of the event in hope to lift the mood.”
Members have been working alongside Dudley Billing to practise this song for the past few weeks, and guests will be asked to use their phones/flashlights as candles during the evening’s events.
Attendees and guests can also choose to write the name of someone they’ve lost on craft hearts and flowers. These will then be planted in the new garden bed at West Esplanade. The new garden bed was made by CHYL, and is located in front of the existing statue that was unveiled at last year’s event.
COVID restrictions will apply, and those who wish to attend the Out of the Shadows event will need to RSVP or sign in on the night.
This piece was written and submitted by developing writer and Circular Head Youth Leader Iris Cartwright.