Bega Valley Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) Inc
SPAN is a voluntary organisation with strong links to local health professionals and emergency services. Members comprise educators, health professionals, emergency service personal, local business as well as community members, many with lived experience. The network believes that most suicides can be prevented and that everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. There is a strong focus on awareness raising as well as reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide. SPAN promotes positive mental health messages and facilitates partnerships which enhance community connectedness and wellbeing. Together with mental health services, SPAN helps to develop better integrated support services so that people do not fall through cracks in the system.
Bega Valley SPAN is a health promotion charity with strong professional links. It comprises volunteers from a variety of setting including mental health services, educators, emergency services, business, as well as community members with lived experience.
SPAN aims to raise public awareness about suicide and facilitate suicide prevention and effective after suicide support. It seeks to increase mental health knowledge and support skills in the community and complement the work of local services. There is a strong focus on positive mental health messages and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide.
SPAN promotes access to appropriate preventative services and has helped set up after suicide support services. It also provides a Suicide Bereavement Support Group and a BVSPAN Facebook page.
The network welcomes new members. There is a small joining fee of $1 AUD and an annual membership fee of $5 AUD. If you would like to join SPAN or register your interest, please contact us.