Founded in 2007, WINGS of Hope Inc. was founded and is run by suicide bereaved people, for the bereaved by suicide community. WINGS of Hope is a registered harm prevention charity, an Incorporated Association and is one of the few organisations free from political, religious, spiritual or other governance.
The people of Wings of Hope met by attending a support group delivered by Dr Diana Sands, made possible by funding from the Salvation Army. Some of us lost adult daughters and some lost brothers and sisters. All of us lost our loved ones to suicide. Founding members are Maria Arena, Karen-Lee Johansen, Cindy Mills, Lesley Thompson and Leigh White.
This organisaiton is responsible for providing resources such as this website and supports the development of Dr Diana Sands' book and DVD “Red Chocolate Elephants” for children and families bereaved by suicide. The organisation's first support and fundraising event was to participate in the Sydney Running Festival, September, 2009. Participants walked and ran in the 4km and 9km events, followed by a social bbq event. The fundraising element utilised the Everyday Hero webpage and achieved a great result. This is now an annual fundraising and support event.
WINGS of Hope is a harm prevention organisation providing education, resources and support events for those bereaved by suicide. When a person is bereaved by suicide they can be at risk of suicidality themselves. The grief is more intense and complicated than many other forms of grief.
WINGS of Hope stands for “We Inspire New Growth After Suicide Loss” and the Association represents a constant reminder of the positive force which came out of the group support received after personal loss of a loved one by suicide.
A Community Grant from Mosman Municipal Council enabled the development of this important harm prevention resource, the WINGS of Hope website.
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.