Check out these statistics…  The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt.  I know, pretty sobering stuff right?

On Saturday it was World Suicide Prevention Day, and rather than focus on the negative statistics, the purpose of the day was to  provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

In the lead-up to the WSPD, I took part in an Instagram photo challenge run by a local Live for Tomorrow community group.  For ten days I was challenged to post a different photo based on a daily prompt (for example, Today I feel…, Beauty in my Community) and all of them focussed on different ways we celebrate life.  Thanks to social media, these were shared to a wider audience via the #livefortomorrow hashtag.

I love photo challenges, so taking part in this felt exciting and easy to do.  During the ten days I appreciated taking the time to take and source photos of things that were meaningful to me.  Adding a narrative helped to capture my thoughts and feelings and reminded me the positive things I have in my life.

By day ten, I felt truly reflective about issues in and around suicide and it made me remember my beautiful friend Heather who passed away about ten years ago.  Heather had a generous heart and I recalled how kind, funny and engaging she was.  Whilst her death was tremendously sad and shocking at the time, I feel her spirit encourages me to be the best I can be.  I keep faith that she has found peace in heaven and it makes me feel strong about talking honestly and respectfully about suicide.  No, it’s not an issue we should treat as taboo or inappropriate to talk about.

Below I share with you the ten photos from the Live For Tomorrow challenge.  I share these with great intentions and wholeheartedly say they a true reflection of me.

I leave you with these words from Live For Tomorrow…

Put your hand over your heart.  Feel that?  That’s called purpose.  You’re alive for a reason.  Don’t give up.  


Day 1: people you can’t do life without. Here’s a photo of my awesome partner Ben with my 2 sisters. Love these guys so much! Great way to kick off the Live for Tomorrow photo challenge which draws attention to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept 10. #wspd #livefortomorrow #celebratelife
Day 2: today I feel… Energised. Last night I went to a dance class (after weeks of little physical activity) and it really gave me a boost. I had awesome chats with colleagues today and have a few ideas I want to bring to life.
Day 3: It’s adventure time… How cool to take my little cousin to the Hard to Find Bookshop in Onehunga. I loved this shop as a kid – it’s like exploring a book filled maze! Best moment was when she said “I love books!”.
Day 4: Fave quote (lyric). I heard this on the radio yesterday and boy is it so apt! Spending time with friends and family over the past few days has reminded me to build my resilience. Sometimes it’s so easy to be consumed by energy sapping things, so having fresh perspectives is a great reality check.
Day 5: beauty in my community. It’s gotta be this little fellow I saw on campus this morning. Springing with colour!
Day 6: advice I would give my younger self… Be kind to yourself! Life is full of twists and turns and is never perfect. Be comfortable with being perfectly imperfect.
Day 7: I’m grateful for… Art and creativity! More than ever foes out world need creative mediums to draw attention away from very heady issues dominating the media.
Day 8: What joy feels like… Hail! Totally enjoyed the hail shower this morning. There’s something so exhilarating and fresh about watching the outside being blanketed by icy goodness.
Day 9: what I love about myself… My unshakeable belief that life is to be lived! I know it sounds like a cliche, but there is so many great things out there… We just need to access them. I am grateful I have ‘choice’ in my life. so it’s important that we support others who may not necessarily have that same freedom.
Day 10: #handoverheart selfie. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by suicide. We need to create a culture where it’s okay to talk if you’re feeling wobbly. Humans can be incredibly supportive and nurturing when we reach out. If you see a friend or family member who doesn’t seem their usual self – ask them how they are and don’t give up on them. Many a time people will down play their feelings. We can make a difference. Thinking of you today Heather xx

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  1. Thank you for this post. Very inspiring.

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