This past Saturday 26th July, WINGS of Hope Inc., held an official presentation and fundraising initiative to deliver resources for people bereaved by suicide, being a book and DVD titled “Red Chocolate Elephants”. This unique educational resource features the art and voices of children bereaved by suicide. A major WINGS of Hope project is to place copies of this resource in community channels, schools and workplaces all over the nation. Click to read more.
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 that unemployed, so you might be surprised who is volunteering! Click to 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 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. Click here for 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.