The 3rd Australian Postvention Conference is taking place in Sydney 28-30 June 2012. "Hope Meaning and Direction" Australian Postvention Perspective. Read More
A founding member of WINGS of Hope, Cindy Mills, recently spoke at the Senate Inquiry into Suicide in Australia (March 2010). Cindy writes: “..for our session it was just me, Alan Staines and Wilma Gallett (from the Salvation Army) speaking about the importance of programs for the bereaved and also pushing the need for a "first response" service where a trained professional and volunteer (preferably someone who has been through this situation themselves) to be dispatched along with the police to assist and comfort the family. Read More
WINGS of Hope representatives spoke at the NALAG [National Association for Loss and Grief] seminar for postvention professionals, Thursday 19 November,2009, at Mary McKillop Chapel, North Sydney, NSW. Karen-Lee Johansen, Fundraising Officer, WINGS of Hope represented the Association at the National Association of Loss and Grief Seminar mentioned above. Karen reports: The seminar was run by Julie Dunsmore who was the co-ordinator for the grieving families of the Bali bombing. The audience was made up of health professionals and counsellors from regional NSW. The consensus was that help was needed in these areas as suicides were on the rise and the communities are small, therefore touching a wider area of the population. 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.