Bullarama bucks the silent battles
JACK Lumby knows exactly what it's like to have a friend take their own life.
And he knows what effects depression can have on a person and how it impacts their family.
"I've lost a lot of friends and have a lot of friends who have been affected," he said.
This is exactly why Mr Lumby is determined to make a difference and help those who may be suffering in the Whitsundays.
In a bid to do that, he hosted the second annual Bullarama rodeo at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Saturday night, raising funds for depression and suicide prevention strategies.
Mr Lumby said there was plenty of "thrills and spills" in the night that attracted about 1200 people all up.
"There were no injuries to any bulls or riders - although some people may have woken up with a headache the next morning," he joked.
President of the A Mile in Their Shoes charity, Mr Lumby said he and his friends were sick of losing their mates and their mates' kids to suicide, so they banded together to sponsor Lifeline's Safetalk seminars.
"These Safetalk seminars teach you how to pick up little changes in your friends, work mates and colleagues who may be susceptible to suicide.
"As a community family, we work together to get each other through the dark periods but also to (improve) the quality of our own lives."
"We want as many of our community around through to Christmas."
Around $5000 was raised at the event and all proceeds will go towards Lifeline's Safetalk seminars locally.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
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