The end of financial year is a busy time for most of us and this year WINGS of Hope has had its busiest yet. From more volunteers engaging with us, increased awareness of Red Chocolate Elephants and fundraising activities that will assist with future projects.
WINGS of Hope recently received funding from St George Foundation to provide the Red Chocolate Elephants DVD/book postvention resource to the Riverina Region (NSW).
Please click on the following links to hear our latest interviews for this project:
National suicide bereavement group calls for support to help children affected by suicide on RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly on RN. ABC Radio National presenter Cathy VanExtel, produced a story on The Red Chocolate Elephants DVD/books, explaining the resources are being delivered to schools to those in need in the Riverina region via a St George Foundation grant.
Listen to Wendy McWilliam, Acting President WINGS of Hope and Lexi King, Volunteer, Friends of Pastoral Care, Leeton District Hospital speaking along with excerpts from Red Chocolate Elephants resource DVD. A big thank you to Cathy VanExtel and St George Foundation for sponsoring this Riverina project and for the generous support of listeners who've made a donation to WINGS of Hope.
Riverina to receive resource that deals with suicide - By Ben Jaffrey
Chris Coleman interview with acting president of WINGS of Hope Wendy McWilliam
WINGS of Hope continue(s) to receive volunteer and donation support from people who want to lend a hand. This is the strength of our association and without your ongoing support WINGS of Hope wouldn’t be able to achieve its objectives. If you’d like to get involved please email Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you’d like to make a donation click here.
Sunday 8th February was a fantastic day for Nexia to participate in the Colour Run Sydney event, the "happiest 5km on the planet”, which it was in every way. The sun was shining, the music was pumping and the crowd was amazing at Cathy Freeman Park in Homebush. The Nexia walkers/runners were happy to start the run in their pristine white T-shirts but when they emerged at the other end they were smiling even more in their rainbow coloured T-shirts!
Volunteering is good for you and good for your community. Did you know that in 2010, 6.1 million people (36%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over participated in voluntary work, with women (38%) more likely to volunteer than men (34%)? Employed people actually have a higher volunteering rate than unemployed, so you might be surprised who is volunteering! Read more
Every 3.5 hours an Australian takes their own life. Every 8 minutes a person attempts suicide costing the community $17.5 billion each year, and untold grief and sorrow for those left behind. When a person is bereaved by suicide they can be at risk of suicidality themselves. This is not always the case for each individual, but often the grief is more intense and complicated than many other forms of grief.
Postvention is the supports and interventions after a suicide loss. WINGS of Hope is one of the few organisations of its kind founded and run by suicide bereaved people for the bereaved by suicide community. This is the only organisation free from political, religious or other governance, run by bereaved people for those bereaved by suicide.
The WINGS of Hope website provides harm prevention information, educational resources and support for those bereaved by suicide. Read about the important projects the organisation sponsors or supports. Read poetry, stories and articles on the community page, giving hope and inspiration to the bereaved. Learn how you can support events, sponsor a project or make a donation.
Thank you for visiting this site and learning about these important community supports.
WINGS of Hope supports the Restoring the Heartbeat of Hope service. More information
You are not alone in your loss.
- In 2006, Australian suicides accounted for nearly 1/5 of all deaths amongst young men aged 20 to 34.
- Suicide remains a major external cause of death, accounting for more deaths in Australia than transport accidents.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data.