Suicide deaths a tragic reality
EVERY 3.5 hours an Australian takes their own life and every eight minutes a person attempts suicide, costing the community $17.5 billion each year.
But when you hear stories like that of Jenna Waters - a young Mooloolaba woman who was named a Queensland icon for business success - you know there is no price that can be put on the loss of a life - or the impact for those left behind.
By all accounts, Jenna, who took her own life in August last year at the age of 22, was a real estate dynamo with an infectious personality.
"She was one of the most hyperactive, bubbly people you would ever meet,'' former partner Megan Murphy told the Daily.
"She was extremely ambitious, an only child and really independent.''
Megan said her death came as a complete shock to family, friends and work colleagues at Elders Real Estate.
The mystery of why has never been solved despite the search for answers.
"We lost one of the most beautiful, kind, loving and generous souls to have ever walked this earth to suicide,'' Megan wrote in a tribute.
But Megan said she had found great comfort and support from Wings of Hope - a charity run by people who have been bereaved by suicide.
Wings of Hope, like other support groups, works to help break the domino effect of suicide, assisting those left behind in a bid to prevent more loss of life.
As part of a fundraiser for the organisation, Jenna's life will be celebrated with a tribute involving more than 100 yellow roses next Sunday, January 22 at Mulu Char steakhouse and restaurant in Maroochydore.
The daughter, niece and friend would have turned 23 the following day.
The restaurant has donated the venue for the African-themed day while the staff are working for free to ensure all the proceeds go to the cause.
Megan admits the thought of her soulmate not being around to celebrate her birthday leaves her breathless.
But just as Jenna would have wanted, she's determined the fundraiser will be all about having a good time and as her friend used to say "love, love, love".
The fundraiser, which kicks off at 12.30pm and goes through to 6pm, will feature live music, African inspired tapas, a swimwear parade by Hive of Noosa, artwork for sale and auction items ranging from a surfboard to sporting memorabilia.
Megan has already sold more than 100 tickets to the event with just over 40 remaining. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from Megan on 5479 0022 or by emailing email@example.com.
IF you require help or assistance on the Sunshine Coast, contact StandBy Response Service on 0407 766 961, Lifeline Australia 131 114 or if it is an emergency call 000.