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.
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.
This year the competition will run in the first half of the year with a closing date of Friday 22 June 2018.
Find out more on our Competitions page
New resource on homelessness
SSPAN has become aware of this fantastic new LOCAL resource about finding help for homelessness in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra. There are 12 services operating in our region that can assist with homelessness. This brochure outlines who they are, what they do and for who, and how you contact them. We hope you find this resource useful.
This and other useful resources can be found on the Useful Links page of our website.
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