Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network

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 for more information.


 NEWS – We are updating our site and working with school students to help us better support the community!

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.  Following on from the PTSD workshop we hosted in 2015, we will be orgainsing another for 2016 and hope to partner more closely with RFS, SES and other first responders.


In 2013 we started discussions with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) to bring the production ‘Sugarland’ to the Shoalhaven.  Now 3 years on we look like making it a reality!  more info here….


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’


We have updated our ‘About Us’ – now in Prezi form!

Check it out…


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’ page.

Our most recent ‘Foundation Scholarship’ idea comes from Juan Alverez – a project that encourages creative writing with themes of hope and resilience.  We are refining it presently, so watch this space!

Here is an Acrostic piece from Juan who used our ‘Healthy Minds’ – Youth Help Seeking, Recovery and Resilience Strategy.

Healthy Minds (Acrostic)

Having doubts in what to do?
Envisaging something drastic?
Attempting to solve your problems?
Limiting your chances of a healthy life?
Trying to achieve the impossible without help?
Yes there are others to help, you only need to ask!

Many prefer to go their own way
Influenced by seemingly seductions
Never asking for advice in how to enjoy
Discovering far too late that there was a better way
Slaving (Subjecting) family and friends to a life of enduring pain


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++++++ Thanks to the SUPPORTERS of SSPAN ++++++