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Welcome to the WINGS of Hope Website

Founded in 2007, WINGS of Hope, the voice of people bereaved by suicide, is a registered harm prevention charity providing education, resources and support events for people bereaved by suicide.

WINGS of Hope is not a crisis organisation. For urgent assistance please visit the Suicide Prevention Australia website or view our ‘URGENT HELP’ tab.

  • WINGS of Hope’s major project is the community placement of Red Chocolate Elephants, by Dr Diana Sands, a DVD and book educational resource for children and families bereaved by suicide. This essential postvention resource will be placed in mental health services and supports, schools, accident and emergency units, workplaces and where it is needed most in regional and rural communities. Read more
  • Click here to learn how individuals and organisations can donate a copy of Red Chocolate Elephants to your local community, or others.
  • Read about WINGS of Hope’s support for the Restoring the Heartbeat of Hope service helping people bereaved by suicide. Enquiries for future groups can be made via phoning Dr Diana Sands. Read more
  • Life after Suicide - click here to watch a new mini-documentary about WINGS of Hope.

St George Foundation Grant – Funding Red Chocolate Elephants in the Riverina NSW 2015

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:

ABC Radio National, 21 July 2015

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.

Fairfax Regional Media - Area News, 18 June 2015

Riverina to receive resource that deals with suicide - By Ben Jaffrey


ABC Riverina Radio, 17 June 2015

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 and if you’d like to make a donation click here.

A big thank you to everyone who came along and supported WINGS of Hope with some dirty clean fun at #‎TheColourRunAUS on Sunday 23th August at Centennial Park #‎weshine

We chose to do this event to be apart of the happiest 5km on the planet, which is definitely is but also to raise funds and awareness of those who are bereaved by suicide.

All funds raised will go to our projects to support people bereaved by suicide. We look forward to the next Colour Run!

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Get involved in WINGs of Hope:

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.

Restoring the Heartbeat of Hope

WINGS of Hope supports the Restoring the Heartbeat of Hope service. More information

  • Read Claire’s story and words on how WINGS of Hope enabled her to access the help she needed.
  • Read Sarah’s story about how the Restoring the Heartbeat of Hope group program helped her.