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.

Shoalhaven Business Chamber – Charity Golf Day

Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network (SSPAN) are pleased to have been selected as a beneficiary of money raised at the Shoalhaven Business Chamber and Macey Insurance Broker’s Charity Golf Day for 2018.

Why not enter a team, join in the fun, and support SSSPAN all at the same time!

Event is on Friday 24 November. Details can be found here

Drought Toolkit – Practical tips for getting through the drought

Lifeline is pleased to offer this tool kit for people living in drought affected communities. It has been designed to provide practical tips to assist those living in drought affected areas to care for themselves and those around them.

Rural people are known for their resilience, but prolonged drought can really put this to the test.

The information provided here aims to equip people with the knowledge & confidence they might need to start the conversation.  It is a reminder to the community that they are in the position to help their friends, loved ones and neighbours.

As always, we remind community members that if they or someone they know is in crisis or needs a confidential talk with someone who will listen without judgement, please call our Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If life is in danger, please call 000.

View the toolkit here

This and other useful resources can be found on the Useful Links page of our website.


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

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


SSPAN Young Writers’ Award 2018 – Out of the blue

The theme for this year’s Award is Out of the blue. All high school students in the Shoalhaven are invited to enter up to two pieces of creative writing: one poem and/or one prose piece inspired by this theme.

Applications have now closed for the 2018 competition.

Find out more on our Competitions page

  Have you got an idea on how to combat suicide in our community?

We might be able to help – visit the Foundation Scholarship page for more information


Thank you to the wonderful supporters of SSPAN