Communicate, Connect, Care: World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday 10 September



Depot Artspace draws attention to Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday 10 September with some simple initiatives, designed to align with the theme this year, “Communicate, Connect, Care”.

The Depot commemorates this day as we prepare to publish The Roaring Silence a book comprising the contributions, including poetry, essays, painting and comics,  of 70 artists and some professionals whose lives have been touched by suicide.

Depot Media Producer Amelia Harris, who has been coordinating The Roaring Silence, says the submissions are “a mix of both the light and dark shades of suicide”, and together form a thought-provoking, often moving, publication. A prototype of the publication is on display at the Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence St, Devonport, where an exhibition, Escape Artists, is currently running to raise funds for the publication.

The artwork below by Grant Alexander is part of the exhibition and represents the number of suicides in Aotearoa New Zealand over the past year. Symbolically, the plate is chipped.

Grant Alexander image