WINGS of Hope co-founder Leigh White spoke at 2015 Remembrance Gathering at Balmoral Island. Leigh included sharing a poem of her own about loss:
Gone for Now...
You were gone without warning
A beautiful life lost.
Impenetrable darkness claimed you -
Darkness will not succeed in claiming us.
On Saturday 21st November we held out annual Remembrance Gathering at Balmoral Island, Balmoral in NSW. This event coincides with the Centre for Intense Grief as part of International Survivors of Suicide Day. Thank you to all those that attended the event and a big thank you to Nic Newling for sharing his personal story and Dr Diana Sands for guiding the remembrance ceremony.
What a busy few months it’s been at WINGS of Hope HQ since our last eNewsletter! We are so grateful to have our new friends of WINGS of Hope continually connecting with us and for the new relationships we have formed within the community sector.Read More
WINGS of Hope's annual Remembrance Gathering is taking place at 11am on 21st November 2015. Co hosted with the Centre for Intense Grief, please join us and be a part of International Survivors of Suicide Day. Read More
I have taken the time to read through “Red Chocolate Elephants” and what a wonderful book. So easy to read and very colourful. Aimed at children in a way that they can understand and relate to.
We will certainly be utilising it within our organisation. Sometimes staff are very confronted when working with children who have lost a member of their family to suicide. This can either be an immediate family member or extended family member. Either way it hits hard.
We have worked with, in the past, and will I guess in the future, children who have lost a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle. This has been due to depression and/or domestic violence that has escalated beyond what people can handle.Read More
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.