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The Colin Community took to the streets to “Walk and Talk” to mark World Suicide Prevention Day to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.

The “Walk & Talk” event organised by Colin Neighbourhood Partnership was routed from the new Colin Town Square along the Stewartstown Road to McKinstry roundabout and back. The local community was invited to join the walk for any amount of time from 5 mins to an hour.

Umberto Scappaticci, Community Development Worker, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership commented "We are committed to preventing suicides in Colin and ensuring that suicide does not become an option.”

The walk provides an opportunity to connect with people, have a conversation, share experiences, support one another, or just be silent and take time to reflect, knowing there is someone walking beside you.

If you are struggling with your mental health, you don’t have to struggle alone: there is help at hand. Try and speak with a close family member or friend, or if you would rather not talk to your loved ones, there are people and supportive services that will listen and help you through this time in your life.”

Lifeline were also available on the day to offer support and guidance and reinforce the key message of just talk and the lifeline crisis response helpline service number 0800 808 8000. Belfast Samaritans can also be contacted on free phone number: 116 123.

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