In 2016 Diane became a volunteer in local community group supporting others that had family members die from suicide. Diane said " It was difficult to grieve from a death that nobody understood." How does a family continue to live, work or even function when you lose a second child to suicide.
Diane has lost her second son to suicide.
Her youngest son Aaron at the age of 27 he had depression after he had lost his brother to suicide. words and what if’s will never bring him back.
She stated "I don’t want to be another statistic or example of the role on affects of suicide. But It is real it is damaging and breaks families apart.
Diane encourages you to" talk about your darkness and your personal struggles don’t let society put pressure on you to feel ashamed. "
Born in New Zealand, 1984. He was the second eldest son of six children. Jason moved to Australia with his siblings. He was Married and also had two beautiful children. Jason was 31 years old when his life ended to suicide and had suffered from Bi-polar. Jason died from suicide on the 10th November 2015.
Jason was a happy man enjoyed his family but suffered from his bi-polar.
Ms ROBYN PRESTON (Hawkesbury) (19:52): I update the House on my recent attendance at the 2021 Hope Walk on Saturday 13 February 2021 at McQuade Park, Windsor. The annual walk is about raising awareness of suicide and the impact it has on families. It was initiated by Diane Russell five years ago in honour of her son Jason, who died from suicide in 2015. Diane was also a victim of domestic violence and had to raise her children as a single parent. Diane has established the Hope4U Foundation, which offers support 24/7 to families and individuals suffering from grief and/or domestic violence. The assistance includes providing support and hope for those grieving from a suicide. I commend Diane for the very important work that she does and I thank all those who have supported her initiatives throughout the year.
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