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.




We would like to acknowledge and recognise our new Corporate Sponsor – ‘Kinghorn Ford Nowra’.

Kinghorn Ford have long supported the community and now they are helping SSPAN by allowing us to provide a broader range of suicide prevention strategies to the Shoalhaven community.

Kinghorn Ford have generously donated $10,000 to SSPAN.  Nearly $7000 of this funding is going to provide interactive workshops that promote improved youth mental health literacy and help seeking – FREE to every Year 10 and Year 11 student at Nowra High School, Vincentia High School and Shoalhaven High School in October + a bunch of other things we have in development.

This Corporate Sponsorship from Kinghorn Ford represents an important aspect of the Shoalhaven Business connecting with the community when attempting to prevent and reduce the impact of suicide and promote kindness and compassion, which are SSPAN’s values.


Our Annual Trivia Night is on again for 2014.  Get a table of 10 together or come alone and make some new friends.  Friday 10th of October, tickets $15 at the door. Bomaderry Bowling Club 7:00pm-9:30pm.  Raffles and prizes on the night.  Like our Facebook Page for more info!


We are in discussions with the Australian Theater for Young People (ATYP) for the possibility of bringing the theater production ‘Sugarland’ to the Shoalhaven. 
Many of the youth and community topics in the play cover issues that have impacted on our community recently.
This is a BIG budget production, so we need to work in partnership to make it happen. It would be great to extend this (sold out) performance from Sydney to the Shoalhaven in 2014. Our community is valuable and we should not miss out on an opportunity for such a unique production because we are considered ‘rural’ or ‘remote’.
If you wish to help SSPAN bring ‘Sugarland’ here to the Shoalhaven let us know via

More info here ==>


21K Cards printed as part of our development phase of ‘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 launched our ‘Foundation Scholarship’ 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.


We have been able to secure some arrangements for more facilitators of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and are now providing some training  to multicultural workers by increasing our coverage in the Illawarra. We plan to have a ‘youth’ module soon for the Shoalhaven and continue to investigate how we may better support teachers in their identification of mental health issues in students.  For more info email our education officer via


Ride for Mental Illness Awareness was a huge success again for bringing a greater awareness to mental illness and raising money for our suicide prevention programs.

If you missed out on a jumper, hoodie or shirt and want one let us know what type and size via


we still are selling the Entertainment Books available now – 20% of the cost goes to SSPAN… Great value!!




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