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"Your Struggle Is My Stuggle"

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Russell Weston

THE STORY:

“Your Struggle is My Struggle”



Every day we hear a heart wrenching story of an Australia who has taken their life, these stories have dramatic effects on their families and friends, but for many in the wider community these losses go unnoticed.
Suicide has on boundaries; it can take a child of 10 or a young adult at 20 – like so many others,
People of today face the struggles of life alone. And sadly for some, life gets too hard and they take their life – believing it’s the only way. Suicide is a dark thing; it hit my family when my energetic, sports minded, friendly brother suddenly took his life. I have also, unfortunately, experienced the loss of a High number of my Family and Friends due to suicide. Since then I have had a vision and that vision is to try and bring greater awareness to the community of the sad loss that suicide is. I am ordinary man, and am descendant of the YortaYorta Aboriginal Nation. I have had my own personal struggles with depression, frequent suicidal thoughts and attempts. I live a simple and happy life with my community. I have been fortunate to have had a variety of opportunities in the work force and have also experienced the joys of volunteer work.
I’m surrounded by family and friends who all know someone who has taken their life. When my brother took his, the devastation was immeasurable but more importantly the question, WHY, remains unanswered.
I was extremely moved by Campbell Bolton’s story on Four Corners, a young 17 year old gay man who had taken his own life. The gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community is another area in which the tragedy of suicide strikes. In fact every 5 hours in Australia one person commits suicide and don’t forget about the unknown and unreported figures of those who attempt suicide in between those 5 hours. In March 2008 it was reported in Western Australia that 20 people alone committed suicide in remote and rural communities. As you know I as an indigenous man and out of those 20 people 18 were indigenous.
It is my mission to focus attention on this serious issue that faces our country and takes countless lives by planning to climb Mt Everest as a tribute to those taken by suicide. Every step I take will be a step for my brothers, my sisters, and all those who have taken their lives – the walk will give attention to the reasons why people take their lives, There can be a number of factors such as stress, family problems including abuse and trauma, depression, loneliness, homelessness, sexuality issues, those who have been removed from their families, mental illness, bullying, and that’s just to name a few. There has to be a better way to let others know that they are not alone and someone out their cares for them. I want to show those living with depression, a lost family member or a sad heart that the community supports them, and most importantly does care!
My climb is a tribute to all Australians. I am seeking unity to bring all Australian’s together. I hope that ‘Your Struggle Is My Struggle” will be seen as a healing journey for all Australian’s.
I would like my journey to begin on the 10th of September 2014 which is signified as World Suicide prevention day every year, to make this happen I plan is to seek support and sponsorship to raise money and awareness towards this project. I want to highlight the need for greater understanding and support for all those who have ever attempted suicide or seriously contemplated suicide. By the time you have finished reading this one Australian would have already taken their life I will leave you with these words.
“Do not follow where the path may lead but go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Do not judge on others, we as one should all be accepted”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance for all their support, donations and sponsorship in making this cause a reality.






Kind Regards





Russell Weston
Mob Number (0413339957)
Email:russell.weston@live.com.au

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