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Event to break the silence on suicide

A community event highlighting mental health and suicide is being held on Saturday.

Breaking the Silence will feature a march, music and kai.

“We all know mental health and suicide are pressing issues within our society, whanau and even within ourselves,” says event organiser Ari Matenga. “This is about breaking the silence. This is the reality of life and a journey we can discover together.”

Performing at the event will be Maori Television's Homai Te Pakipaki winner Chad Chambers and KWIK.

Those wanting to take part in the march are to meet at Alfred Cox Park at 10am for a 10.30am start. The march will take participants along Peel Street to Lawson Field Theatre.

Once at the venue, there will be speeches and the chance to learn about mental health services provided by the Tauawhi Men's Centre, Man Up and Legacy programmes.

The performances follow a karakia at 11.30am. All are welcome.