“Into the Dawn” suicide memorial walk took place on Sunday September 13, 2015 at 5:00 AM. For the second year in a row, more than 200 Lebanese persons woke up at 5am for suicide prevention. During the walk, we remember those we have lost to suicide and acknowledge the pain for those left behind. It intends to provide a community support environment for those who have been affected by suicide.
"اذا فينا نضن صخرة الروشة، سوى فينا نحضن أي انسان حتى ما ينتحر شخص كل 3 أيام بلبنان"
As our yearly tradition, as of 4.30 AM on Sunday morning, participants in the walk began gathering at the starting point at Beit Ward Restaurant on Raouche. At 5.40 AM, the crowd began walking silently into the twilight for 1 KM which ended in front of Raouche Rock. The event was also attended by the Minister of Health Wael Abou Faour who joined us in solidarity. At the end point, several candle shaped memorial walls were set up in front of the Raouche sea rock and participants slowly started gathering to place photos of, names and messages to those they have lost to suicide. Several participants in the walk had the courage to speak out in front of the crowd at Raouche either expressing their own struggles with mental illness or their long-lasting pain towards those they have lost to suicide. As it began, the walk ended on a note of hope, reflection, recovery, and prevention.
At the end of the walk, the crowdfunding campaign 'Embrace Life' was launched for the first Suicide Prevention Helpline in Lebanon. Help us grow by cintributing on: http://www.zoomaal.com/p/embracelife.
Thanks to each brave individual who opened up and shared their experience.