Giant Steps Wellness Park intended to raise mental health awareness

A Saint John, N.B., father whose daughter died by suicide two years ago said their spouse and children is honoured that a new wellness park in the city is partially dedicated to her memory.

Maddy Murphy was 21 when she died from injuries experienced in a suicide try in September 2019.

Her father, Mike, said the loved ones is nevertheless grieving and he will not think they will at any time get in excess of the reduction of a youngster. 

“We are even now at odds with every little thing,” he mentioned.  “We’re continue to in that grieving method.”

Murphy was talking to reporters Saturday early morning at the formal opening of the Big Techniques Wellness Park in the city’s north conclusion. 

The park is intended to elevate recognition of suicide whilst also offering a place of solitude and reflection.

Mike Murphy sits on a bench that’s dedicated to the memory of his daughter Maddy. (Gary Moore/CBC)

There are two benches in the park — one dedicated to Maddy.

Murphy said he’s honoured that his daughter is currently being remembered at the park, but needs it was not a actuality. “I am extremely unhappy that we’re in this put to commence with,” he explained. 

Murphy thinks that his daughter would be beaming figuring out she has a bench in her memory. 

“This would be suitable up her alley, that’s for confident,” he mentioned. 

The park was the eyesight of Gary Brown, a colleague of Mike Murphy.

When Brown heard about the demise of his co-worker’s daughter, he wanted to do a little something to assistance.

1 of the two benches in the park is focused to the memory of Carson Hoyt. (Gary Moore/CBC)

He reported that prior to Maddy’s loss of life, he experienced by no means been impacted by suicide.

“I under no circumstances actually comprehended the extent of the problem in this article with psychological overall health and suicide,” he claimed. 

Brown claimed the strategy commenced with possessing a mural painted, but the notion advanced into a park. 

Right after two decades of building, organizing and constructing, Brown slash the ribbon in entrance of about a hundred men and women to officially open up the park.

An eye-catching mural is the backdrop the corner whole lot on Somerset Street and Samuel Davis Generate.

Brown described that the painting exhibits a particular person hunched in excess of in distress with two hands reaching out to support — inspired by the notion of “hope.”

Gary Brown orchestrated the Huge Methods Wellness Park. (Gary Moore/CBC)

On the grass, in front of the mural, is a substantial heart which is loaded with white rocks. 

On 1 side of the large heart is the bench dedicated to Maddy Murphy. 

A next bench is on the other facet of the heart which is devoted to Carson Hoyt, who died by suicide in June. 

Mike Murphy hopes this park will not only commemorate his daughter but provide recognition to psychological health and fitness.

“Not notoriety, but to make guaranteed that men and women are informed that it is really an ailment — it really is out there.”


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CHIMO hotline: 1-800-667-5005  / http://www.chimohelpline.ca

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Canada Suicide Avoidance Support: 1-833-456-4566