Hi, my name is Georgia Manera and I am running the Auckland Half Marathon in order to raise awareness and break the negative stigma surrounding suicide in New Zealand.
I was first exposed to the issue of suicide as a child when my Mother’s cousin took his own life. I was too young to understand what it meant.
Fast forward a few years to age 18 when I was next affected by suicide, this time it was a close friend of my brother.
A couple years later and it was again my family that lost a beautiful soul, Kodi. Kodi was our handsome, outgoing, sporty and intelligent cousin at the tender age of 14 when he lost his life to suicide last July. Not so long after, this year in April, I lost a mate to suicide, he was only 22. And just this week, another family member has sadly passed due to suicide.
I have felt first hand what it is like to lose someone to suicide, and I have seen the effects it has on whanau and entire communities.
We need to break this negative stigma, we need to be able to speak up and know that we aren’t alone.
One death is too many.
Love your mates, speak up, reach out and let’s break this cycle.
Thank you in advance,
Georgia Manera, 2017
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