Community groups and organisations across South Australia have been awarded grants of up to $10,000 to help raise awareness about suicide prevention.
Wellbeing SA’s Suicide Prevention Community Grants aim to help local groups deliver suicide prevention initiatives tailored to meet the needs of their community.
Community groups and non-government organisations across both metropolitan and regional South Australia have received funds by demonstrating their ability to promote positive action and reduce the stigma associated with mental health and suicide through individual projects.
These awarded projects aim to strengthen the mental wellbeing and resilience of local residents and benefit the community. They include projects that support community forums to strengthen connections between community members, health and wellbeing activities to encourage early help-seeking, and mental health first aid training for groups most-at-risk of mental distress.
Since 2014, the State Government has provided a total of $150,000 to assist statewide suicide prevention projects through the South Australian Suicide Prevention Community Grants program.
More information on the grants can be found here.
Attributable to Chris Picton
Many South Australians have been impacted by suicide in some way, which can have a lasting impact on families and the community.
The recipients of the Suicide Prevention Community Grants have an opportunity to help South Australians, break down stigma, and increase connections within communities in metropolitan and regional South Australia.
I look forward to seeing the work these community groups and non-government organisations undertake and how their impact can help save lives.
Attributable to Nadia Clancy
We want to do everything we can to reduce suicide and its devastating impact on families and communities.
These grants will help community groups develop specialised programs suitable for their individual communities.
We can save lives by breaking down stigma and increasing connection and compassion.
Attributable to Wellbeing SA Chief Executive Lyn Dean
Wellbeing SA is proud to provide funding for communities to act on suicide prevention, and the recipients of the 2023 grants are all endeavoring to improve mental health and reduce the stigma of suicide in their communities.
These grants can be instrumental in promoting positive ways communities support one another and the diverse action that can be taken to shine a light on mental wellbeing.
Suicide is complex and many factors can contribute to suicidal distress. With ample support and awareness, this may help improve the mindset of those in distress.
2023 Suicide Prevention Community Grant Recipients
- Barmera Monash Football Club (BMFC) Wellbeing Committee
- Creating Courageous Conversations
- Game On Wudinna - Eyre Peninsula Regional Games
- Growing the Conversations - Grow SA & Mental Health Partners Suicide Prevention Project
- Helping my mates
- Light Up Dev Patterson
- Mental Health Bollards
- Mental Health First Aid Training for people affected by chronic disease, organ donation and suicide in the Crystal Brook community
- Moorundi Cultural Camp
- Pacific Islands Migrant Youth Placemaking Project
- Port Adelaide Baseball Mental Health and Suicide Prevention 2023
- Queer Minds Matter
- Safer Spaces - Making/Holding Space
- Suicide Intervention Skills promotion and Community Social Connectiveness Wattle Range
- Suicide Prevention Salisbury 2023
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Suicide prevention training for LGBTIQA+ peer supporters
- The Hope Project
- The Next Step Australia (TNSA) Community Suicide Awareness & Prevention Events
- The Rain Maker
- Weko Tso Family Tree