Kevin Tebbutt (left) and his daughter Natalia are travelling to Kaipara next weekend in The Dump Truck

Starting a conversation

by Liz Clark

Kevin Tebbutt of Waipu and his daughter Natalia are travelling around Northland in a green GMC truck named The Dump Truck to start people talking about mental health and suicide awareness.

Kevin says the idea arose after viewing a documentary about suicide titled Jessica’s Tree in early March.

“This was my first positive thought for the year, but it was just about putting stickers on cars that was to say Jessica’s Tree after watching the video online that night.

After a phone conversation with Natalia, all I wanted to do was create people talking and listening — by midday it had manifested into The Dump Truck with Natalia’s help,” said Kevin.

The concept behind The Dump Truck is to get people talking about mental health and if people lost someone to suicide to write their name on the truck.

“There are about 70 names on the truck already. We encourage people to sign their name if they have suffered from depression, anxiety, etc. If you have lost someone to suicide write their name with a RIP.”

Carried on the truck’s tray is a green casket where people can write down their story or their thoughts and leave it inside. Kevin says these will never be read but instead the casket will be cremated.

The Dump Truck will be visiting Maungaturoto, Paparoa and Ruawai on Saturday, April 20. For more information visit The Dump Truck Facebook Page.