This August, for the first time ever, mental health awareness event Rowan’s Walk will be held in Newman.
Rowan's Walk was created four years ago by young Pilbara Indigenous leader Rowan Dann. After his aunt took her own life, Rowan found solace walking from Port Hedland to South Hedland.
In her memory, and in memory of others that had taken their own lives, Rowan wanted to raise awareness of the mental health challenges in his community and to honour and remember those who had lost their lives to suicide.
Rowan’s walk will be held in Newman on Wednesday, 11th August at 6am, coinciding with events happening simultaneously in multiple other towns across Western Australia.
The walk will begin at 6am at Radio Hill, with buses leaving from Town Square from 5:30am to transport people to Radio Hill ahead of the 6am start.
The walk ends at Town Square where there will be a commemoration event with speeches, performances, the butterfly release and breakfast.
The Town Square will also host stalls from local service providers and supports that Newman have who work in the mental health and social, emotional wellbeing space.
Please come along and support this event, remember those we have lost to suicide, and help de-stigmatise conversations about suicide and mental health challenges.
You can register for this event here.
If this article has brought up any feelings for you, please reach out to the professional supports listed here:
Call 1300 224 636
Call 13 11 14
Text (between 6:00pm – 12pm AEST) 0477 13 11 14 And online chat 7pm-12am (AEST) https://www.lifeline.org.au
Suicide Call Back Service
Call 1300 659 467
National Indigenous Critical Support Response Service (NICRS)
Supports individuals, families and communities affected by suicide or other significant trauma
Call 1800 805 801
If you are interested in supporting this event, working behind the scenes, having a stall or providing donations, please contact with Clair Lee (Clair.LEE@police.wa.gov.au) or Beck Johnson (Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org).