Supporting suicide prevention across Australia
For more than 20 years, Wesley LifeForce has supported people and communities impacted by suicide while equipping others to help prevent suicide in society.
An important part of this program is our suicide prevention networks, which bring together people and organisations in communities around Australia to work together voluntarily; developing grassroots suicide prevention strategies that meet the specific needs of their communities.
Over the past 12 months, we have created eight new networks and continued to support 57 existing networks in suburban, inner city, rural and remote communities across the country, including two youth and 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander networks.
We also launched a grants program, awarding $152,000 of funding across 20 networks to fund localised activities.
“Simple effective interventions can make a difference and save lives – Wesley LifeForce networks can help communities develop local activities that address the issue of suicide,” said Wesley Mission’s CEO, the Rev Keith V Garner, AM.
Annual Wesley LifeForce Memorial Day services are also an integral part of Wesley LifeForce, as these community services in Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide offer people affected by suicide an opportunity to reflect and support each other in a spirit of comfort and hope.
“We have these services because we believe people need time and space in their lives to genuinely deal with the issue of suicide,” said the Rev Keith Garner.