The Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network (SSPAN) is an association of representatives from the community, government and non-government organisations. We work closely with the community to raise awareness of suicide, promote recovery from mental illness, build individual and community resilience with the aim to reduce the impact of suicide in the Shoalhaven.
SSPAN’s success in being able to support such a diverse range of suicide prevention activities is effective because of the network’s ability to develop strategies in line with the needs of the community and the aims of government and non-government services.
These strategies are only possible through SSPAN’s close working relationship with the community and service agencies that provide both financial and ‘in-kind’ support. Without such support many of these programs would not be feasible.
We are always interested in encouraging active members to help reduce the impact of suicide in the Shoalhaven. We meet monthly to collaboratively develop, plan and manage strategies that help promote individual and community resilience, wellness and targeted suicide prevention strategies. If you would like to join us please email email@example.com for more information.
NEWS – it’s Mental Health Month in October and we have 2 community events planned.
‘Show & Shine’ for Mental Illness Awareness
Saturday 31st of October
North Nowra Tavern
Got a maaaad motorcycle? Come and show it off as we shine a spotlight onto mental illness for Mental Health Month with a show of solidarity, unity and the importance of belonging – YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Organise a group to ride to the event and get others to sponsor you, to raise a awareness and funds to help local suicide prevention strategies.
==> REGISTER YOUR BIKE HERE <==
Healthy Minds – Youth Health Expo
A mental health month activity for youth 14-18 years of age.
Thanks to The Shoalhaven Ex-servo’s we were successful in a grant application to run another PTSD workshop with the ‘Behind the Seen’ group. We will be orgainsing this for early 2016.
25,000+ Cards printed as part of our ‘Operation Blue Card’. If you would like to be a part of distributing the Blue Cards and help by giving feedback to refine the project, then check here for more info ‘Operation Blue Card’
Got an idea on how to combat suicide in our community, need some help to refine a suicide prevention strategy? Check out our ‘Foundation Scholarship’.
The foundation allows us to grow grass roots ideas in the community and help fund projects to continue to reduce the impact of suicide in the Shoalhaven. Got an idea or want to know more? Check our ‘Foundation Scholarship’ page out.
This year we provided $5000 to the Nowra PCYC that allowed the Aboriginal boys and girls youth footy team to compete in the PCYC Nations of Origin.
Both teams did great, with the Yuin Snakes boys taking out the comp!
REMEMBER The 2015-2016 Entertainment Books available now – 20% of the cost goes to SSPAN… Great value!!
*also available as an app!