Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network

The Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network (SSPAN) is a network of representatives from the Shoalhaven community, government and non-government organisations. We work closely with the community to raise awareness of suicide; promote recovery from mental illness; and build individual and community resilience; with the aim of reducing the impact of suicide in the Shoalhaven.

Bush fire resources

Please visit our Useful Links page to view a range of available resources to support people through the Bush fire disaster.


G’Day Mate BBQ

A free BBQ for men to encourage social interaction, in a safe space, and a forum to link with support if required.

A place where men can feel safe to share their stories over a cuppa and a sausage sandwich.

Held from 6pm – 7.30pm at the Community Gateway, 69 Berry St, Nowra (next door to the Hub Café) on the first Wednesday of each month.

Turn up and be assured of a warm G’day Mate welcome.

Raising Funds for SSPAN through the Entertainment Book 

We are raising funds for SSPAN and you can help. Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or

Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you will also be supporting our fundraising.

PLUS, order now to receive over $150 of bonus Early Bird Offers (hurry, these sell out quickly).

Order your Entertainment Book here

QPR Training | Ask a question… Save a life

Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network currently offers the one hour online QPR training program in partnership with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative.

SSPAN Operation Blue Card

We know that asking for help can sometimes be tough. But we also know that putting off asking for help can make things worse in the long run. ‘Everybody can have difficulties in life – many of them we can solve ourselves. But sometimes we need help’. This is the message we want to give young people. SSPAN understands that it can be hard, and sometimes seem an impossible task, for a young person in crisis to summon up the courage and the words to ask for help.

That’s where the Blue Card comes in…

The Blue Card is a simple tool to assist in removing some of the difficulty in asking someone for help. The young person in need is aware of what support they are asking for – because it is clearly written on the back of the card. Asking for help can be the first step to recovery and future resilience.

Click here for more information on Operation Blue Card and to order Blue Cards

Thank you to the wonderful supporters of SSPAN