Operation Blue Card
The initiative was developed in partnership with the Rotary Club of South Nowra in 2016 and was very much youth-driven. Its genesis was a Rypen Camp (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) where ideas about help seeking were workshopped with young people. The Blue Card was the result.
Recognising the wonderful support of Nowra Rotary
The Cards have been provided FREE for the last three years thanks to the continued support of the Rotary Club of South Nowra and then the combined Rotary Club of Nowra, over that time. They have sponsored more than 30,000 Cards that have gone as far south as Tasmania, west to the ACT, north to the Daintree and Papua New Guinea and even India. That Rotary support has really made an impact on so many young people.
The Blue Card distribution continues but SSPAN is funding them at the moment using donations from various groups.
Particularly pleasing is when schools use the Card as part of their fundraising on awareness days like RUOK Day and donate some funds back to SSPAN to keep the project going. Our thanks to Warilla High who have been great supporters with their RUOK cup-cake days and to year 9 at Nowra Anglican College, who raised funds with sales of hand sanitiser to sponsor 500 of the Blue Cards. Those Cards have gone out with their name recognised on the reverse side.
What is Operation Blue Card about?
What are the issues that can face young people and why encourage them to seek help?
Why do some young people self harm?
I am parent, I know stress in my child can be normal, but what should I be concerned of?
Would you like to help us?
SSPAN receives no government funding so we rely on our own fundraising and donations from the community. To help us provide more suicide prevention programs like the Blue Card, please click on the ‘Donate to SSPAN’ button at the top of the page.
For other ideas about how you can make a difference in suicide prevention visit our About page.