Darkness Into Light Sydney and Western Sydney University collaborate to remember those impacted by suicide

Maeve Scanlan, Darkness Into Light Sydney; Rose Keane, General Consul of Ireland to NSW; Niall Kelly, Darkness Into Light Sydney; Cr. Donna Davis, Lord Mayor of Parramatta; Professor Michelle Trudgett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, Western Sydney University; and Jamie Mulholland, Darkness Into Light Sydney.

Darkness Into Light Sydney and Western Sydney University have planted a grove of trees on the Parramatta South campus to remember those impacted by suicide.

As part of an event held on Friday 25 March, five red flowering gums were planted on the campus to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health.

Professor Michelle Trudgett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, said the grove will provide a quiet space for remembrance and reflection.

“Western Sydney University is committed to supporting and raising awareness for mental health, including through our support services for students and staff,” said Professor Trudgett.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Darkness Into Light Sydney on this special initiative, and we hope the grove will provide students, staff and visitors with a place to reflect.”

Special guests who attended the event included Ms Rosie Keane, Consul General, General Consul of Ireland to Sydney, and Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Donna Davis.

Niall Kelly from Darkness Into Light Sydney said the collaboration was an important opportunity to raise awareness on campus.

“Darkness Into Light Sydney endeavours to highlight the support available to those affected by suicide across many communities in Sydney. We are really honoured to work in conjunction with Western Sydney University in bringing this message of support to the Parramatta campus and local community,” said Mr Kelly.

Darkness Into Light Sydney is an organisation raising funds for mental health charities across Australia, including Beyond Blue, Lifeline and Batyr, and has partnered with Western Sydney University ahead of its flagship annual walk on Saturday 7 May.

As part of the symbolic 5km walk, participants start just before sunrise to reflect the journey of those dealing and coming through mental health-related issues – going from darkness into light. Learn more about Darkness Into Light Sydney here.

If you or someone you know is in need of support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Guests at the tree planting event at Western Sydney University's Parramatta South campus.

ENDS

28 March 2022

Media Unit

Photo credit: Kyisoe Han