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 and COVID 19 resources
Please visit our Useful Links page to view a range of available resources for support during the COVID 19 and the bushfire crisis.
G’Day Mate BBQ
The first Wednesday of each month , Community Gateway , 69 Berry St Nowra 6 pm to 7.30
Raising Funds for SSPAN through the Entertainment Book
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.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. Many people are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance. Physical first aid is accepted and widespread in our community, however most do not cover mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the skills to help someone who they’re concerned about.
SSPAN periodically offers MHFA training to the community.
If you are interested in doing a course please let us know 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.
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