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Suicide Prevention Action Network

The Bega Valley Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) Inc.

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The Bega Valley Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) was established in 2010 as a result of community concern around suicide. The network has recently become incorporated and is made up of community members as well as service providers from a variety of settings. SPAN aims to help prevent suicide in our community and better support those bereaved by suicide.

The network believes that suicide 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 and other services, it helps develop better integrated services so that people do not fall through the cracks.

SPAN also helps arrange and co-ordinate a range of interesting and fun events during Mental Health Month in October.

We welcome anyone who wishes to join SPAN and participate in any way.  It costs only $1 to join SPAN and $5 each year ($2 concessional membership fee). 

So if you would like to be involved in SPAN, Mental Health Month activities or to register your interest in having a guest speaker or in attending upcoming training courses, please contact Helen Best on 0428 430 368 (Secretary),  or Liz Seckold (Chair) on 0447 272 893, or email us at begaspan@gmail.com

Logo Suicide Prevention Action Network.Some of Bega Valley SPAN's Initiatives for 2016/17

  • Ongoing distribution of SPAN Crisis and Community Information Cards, Pamphlets, also Prevention Information Packs for families of people at risk of suicide and Postvention Information Packs for families after suicide (given out by Police)
  • Representation on the Bega Valley After Suicide Response Service coordinated through Grand Pacific Health
  • Provision of a SPAN Email Contact Network to keep up to date with SPAN activities
  • “Walk with Us” suicide prevention, memorial and mental health awareness walk
  • Coordination of a range of World Mental Health Month activities and
  • Production and distribution of Mental Health Month event calendars
  • Guest speakers to raise suicide awareness and provide guidance in “What Can I Say and What Can I Do?” to help people and families at risk of, or bereaved by suicide
  • Training & workshops for community members to better support people at risk of suicide
  • Information stalls at markets and other public events
  • Increasing mental health resources in Bega Valley Libraries and other community places
  • Raising awareness around mental health and suicide with the local media
  • Continuing to develop relationships with key community groups and services

SPAN monthly meeting dates

2016/17 at Club Bega, 82 Gipps St, Bega - 1.30pm to 30.3opm (3rd Thursday of each month)

  • July 21, 2016
  • August 18, 2016
  • September 15, 2016
  • October 20, 2016
  • November 17, 2016
  • February 16, 2017
  • March 16, 2017
  • April 20, 2017
  • May 18, 2017
  • June 15, 2017

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