Suicide Prevention Grants
Wellbeing SA is pleased to administer the South Australian Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme. Since 2014, the South Australian Government has provided $150,000 per year to support state suicide prevention projects and activities through these grants.
Raising awareness, breaking down stigma, increasing connection and responding compassionately can save lives.
Evidence suggests local grassroots projects like those supported by the grants play an important part in helping to prevent suicide.
The grants aim to empower communities by providing community groups and non-government organisations with between $500 and $10,000 to deliver localised suicide prevention projects that address the priority areas of the South Australian Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021 and meet the needs of a specific group or community.
The 2021 grants were announced in September 2021. You can read about the successful recipients and learn more about some of the current grant projects below.
Jason Sailes in collaboration with Uncle Puffy Eyes Cafe - Paint the Pain Away
An art focused group that uses aerosol art to express feelings and emotions that some young people may find are hard to articulate. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a workshop and talking circle to explain and discuss their experiences with depression and suicide. Depression information will be provided while participates can then "get their hands dirty" using aerosol paint on canvas to express themselves in an artistic way. At the end of each session all participants can then share their artwork with one another and explain their work in a safe and confidential environment.
Chapel Street Community Garden Inc - Mental Health First Aid
Training for volunteer leaders in the organisation in recognition of the recent increased number of people seeking hope, connection and distress reduction through community gardening following the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns. Trained group leaders will learn how to recognise people who may be in distress and offer compassion, connection and hope while assisting them to find the appropriate help and support.
Coorong Conversations Matter Suicide Prevention Network - The Rainmaker - Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Roadshow
Coorong District Council and surrounds
Funding the staging of a play "The Rainmaker" to engage with young men in the region, using football as a vehicle to opening talk about complex issues for which a lot of stigma exists in the country. These include themes such as experiencing suicidal ideation and coming out as gay.
Empowering Lower Eyre Suicide Prevention Network Inc - Get Out youth music and art festival 2022
Cummins, Eyre Peninsula
A free youth based community event using social connectors such as music to engage Lower Eyre youth in creating pathways for themselves. The event is intended to help young people recognise the power they have to make their own choices about what they want and how they would like to connect as a platform for youth education in suicide prevention and resilience building. Attendees will receive information on referral pathways and early intervention such as music and arts as preventative methods for encouraging positive mental health.
In 2 Life Community Services - Streetlight South
An initiative to replicate the successful Streetlight Program, a pop up style drop in supporting young people at the Noarlunga shopping centre. The project uses connection and hope as an early intervention point for young people who may be at later risk of suicide through the compounding effects of life trajectories that can be set in motion without mentally and emotionally healthy alternatives to anti-social behaviours.
Iranian Women Org. SA Inc. - Ham-rah Peer Group
Using culture and a trauma informed approach to help break down the stigma associated with talking about suicide. The project will take a focus on supporting people experiencing the difficulties of moving to a different culture during migration and especially asylum seeking, using connection through culture leading to people feeling safe to attend Mental Health First Aid courses.
Kade Macdonald Foundation - Train the Village, Save a Child
Clare and mid-north
A project that will add to the capacity of mid-north communities to better identify and respond to young people in suicide-related distress through training two local people as youth mental health first aid trainers.
Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast - Eclipse Suicide Survivor Support Groups in Clare
Clare and mid-north
The project will upskill Lifeline workers supporting South Australians in the mid-north of South Australia to facilitate suicide survivor groups using the Eclipse approach.
Mariposa Trails - Mariposa Cross Cultural Rhythms for life promotion
Northern Adelaide and broader metropolitan Adelaide
A project by and for the Spanish speaking community using culturally based social connectors like food and music to overcome stigma and start life saving conversations and bring education about how to talk about suicide.
MATES in Construction SA - It's Tough to Talk - preventing suicide in the Construction Industry
A project aimed at creating a campaign which shares positive experience stories from people who have offered help to others and aims to reduce the fear associated with asking someone about how they are feeling, and "what if they say they're not ok?"
Mid North Theatre Group (SA) - Burra Management Committee Inc. - The Masks We Wear: Collaborative Script Development - Surviving Suicidal Ideation
Burra and mid-north
A project bringing local mid-north residents together with emerging regional playwrights/writers to develop a script with the underlying theme of surviving suicidal ideation and building positive mental health. The script will present an amalgam of life stories from high-risk regional groups such as farmers, LGBTIQA+ people, Aboriginal people and rural youth. Woven within the script will be practical steps to successfully navigate out of suicide ideation towards more positive mental health.
Mid-Murray Suicide Prevention Network Inc. - Community Choir -Building capacity in youth though role modelling
Mid-Murray Council region
Promote social connection, build community, and prevent social isolation through community singing as a way to help prevent suicide."
Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Ltd - The Self Esteem Flower Who Brightened Everyone's Day
Printing a booklet developed in collaboration with Ngarrindjeri Community Elders to reconnect children with Culture as a way to promote childhood resilience as a known protective factor against later suicidal ideation. The book has been created using strong lessons from Ngarrindjeri Culture, and brings this wisdom forward in a format for all South Australian children.
Murray Mallee General Practice Network - Murraylands Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo
Murray Bridge and surrounds
Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo in the community of Murray Bridge, through developing community awareness about suicide through a variety of modes including stalls, music and comedy. Fostering connection and promoting conversations aimed at saving lives from suicide.
SOS Copper Coast Suicide Prevention Network - Teddy Bears' Picnic in the Park- Resilience building through fu
Teddy Bears' Picnic, aimed at improving a sense of hope and belonging through finding connection for people in the rainbow community in the Yorke and mid-north communities.
South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance - Creating LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Services (Crisis and Suicide Prevention)
South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance, in partnership with SHINE SA, will provide the ‘HOW2 Create LGBTI Inclusive Services’ training program to South Australian crisis and suicide prevention service providers, to create more inclusive services.
Stamp Out Suicide Yorke Peninsula Incorporated - Pathways to support: how to seek help
Developing a local resource that uses local images to promote state, national and local Yorke Peninsula-based suicide prevention services and supports to create a sense of local capacity and confidence in seeking help in whatever ways people might need; the use of local images is intended to normalise seeking help on the Yorke Peninsula.
The Milang and District Historical Society - Community Connections BBQ to fight isolation
Milang and districts
A weekly BBQ for disconnected people in the surrounding rural community. the BBQ serves as a regular meeting and social connection point for isolated farmers who have higher risk of suicide due to the all-too-common loneliness and disconnection from others, reducing their risk of suicide during tough times such as drought/dry times, animal culling, after bushfire and following COVID restrictions, by having a community group to feel connected with, and like-minded people to talk to who understand.
Tumby Bay Beacon of Hope Suicide Prevention Network - Beacon of Hope - Just Listening Project
Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) and community members to undertake the 'Just Listening' training session with SA Lived Experience Leadership and Advocacy Network (LELAN) to increase the capacity of members in the community to be able to provide a caring, listening ear for people in distress.
Wattle Range Suicide Prevention Network - Mental Health First Aid - Conversations about suicide training
Wattle Range Council region and broader Limestone Coast
Increasing the number of people in the community who feel confident in recognising the signs of suicide-related distress, asking about suicide, and supporting the person to find the help they need.
West Coast Youth and Community Support - Community Support Packs - The ‘ME’ in Mentally Fit EP
Care packages developed in collaboration with people on the Eyre Peninsula with a lived experience of distress after leaving hospital. The packs will contain small gestures of care and connection based on what people say they wish they had received, and what they felt they needed upon discharge to help them recover. The project will have a focus on listening to people with a lived experience of suicide.
Young Blood Media - Young Blood - the podcast for young men's mental health
A project aimed at creating a podcast series that shares stories from young men about their experiences with suicide-related distress. Communicating via podcast is intended to reach young men who are traditionally hard to engage in conversations about suicide; podcasts provide a confidential, private way for men to listen to the stories of others and hear messages of hope.