WARWICK'S suicide statistics are shocking.
Twenty-six suicides in just four years.
While it is often important to look at these issues in terms of numbers, it is also important to really think about what that means.
Twenty-six Warwick families left without a mother or father; brother or sister; or beloved child.
Lives instantly gripped with anguish and heartache by a death that should never have been.
Suicide is the leading cause of preventable deaths among our young people and it is time we get serious about fighting this silent killer.
We have to start talking about suicide and take some of its power away.
Often people suffer in solitude, passing on chances to reach out and speak to someone about the darkness gripping their lives.
Mental illness, including depression, needs to be normalised in our society so those who suffer can step out of the darkness and ask for help.
The fact so many people are resorting to suicide is shameful and it's time to stand together and take action.