E-news Issue 8
Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Community members gathered to hear inspiring stories and raise awareness about suicide at the World Suicide Prevention Day held at CDU’s Casuarina Campus.
Community members gathered to hear inspiring stories and raise awareness about suicide at the World Suicide Prevention Day held at CDU’s Casuarina Campus.

Raising awareness for suicide prevention through community forum

On September 10, Charles Darwin University (CDU) hosted the World Suicide Prevention Day breakfast forum at Casuarina Campus to raise awareness about the prevalence of suicide.

The forum was organised by Sabrina’s Reach4Life, a Darwin-based charity supporting those impacted by suicide in the community.

CDU Bachelor of Law student, Sizol Fuyana, one of the keynote speakers and a youth representative, spoke about overcoming her own adversity and mental health issues.

Ms Fuyana said she took the opportunity to share her personal journey facing challenges in life to help raise awareness about mental health issues among young people.

“By sharing my own story, I want to show people that youth mental health issues are prevalent and important to address,” Ms Fuyana said.

“I also hope to inspire people in the community to take action to care for young people’s mental wellbeing through practical initiatives.”

Allied health practitioners, CDU academics, professional staff and community leaders attended the forum to support the prevention of suicide.

Other keynote speakers at the popular community event included NT Minister for Health, the Hon. Natasha Fyles, St John Ambulance NT operations manager Craig Garraway, Sabrina’s Reach4Life founder Lidia Di Lembo and National Suicide Prevention Advisor Christine Morgan.

The founder of Mates in Construction, Matthew Hull, was the master of ceremonies.