Some highlights include:

  • a new aftercare service, supporting people's transition from crisis care in emergency
  • departments to community-based care, now available across the three main hospitals in the region
  • 14 general practices signed up to universal mental health screening, to help identify people who are struggling and connect them to care
  • 124 health professionals completed advanced suicide prevention training
  • 26 schools undertaking mental health program with 3,700 students in Year 9
  • more than 1,000 people in the community trained to recognise and respond to suicidality
  • more than 600,000 people reached through a community awareness campaign.

All this would not have been possible without our five different working groups which have involved more than 50 people from a range of services and sectors, as well as people with their own lived experiences of suicide and mental health recovery.

Congratulations to everyone on helping to make a real difference in suicide prevention in the Illawarra Shoalhaven. 

We continue in our quest to form a similar Suicide Prevention Collaborative in Southern NSW. If you would like to be involved in this, please email the Project Coordinator, Peter Murray at 

Dianne Kitcher