The Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group began in 2016 from a workshop held to discuss this important topic.
The group aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention particularly about how to recognise warning signs and indicators. We meet four times per year on a Friday afternoon usually at Community House. Each year, we acknowledge International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day in November with an event held in Arthur Square and the planting of roses in nearby garden beds.
We are not counsellors but we support community members who are referred to us by the ambulance service and churches by connecting them with the StandBy Support After Suicide service
Our membership is open to community members who have experienced suicide loss or anyone who would like to support our work.
Group members pictured (from left) are Julie Triffett, Bryce Duggan, Geg Dawson, Matt Hill, Celia Hooker and Sonja Gregory.
We are very fortunate to be supported by Magra Fire Brigade without whose assistance we would not be able to carry out our important work.
For more information please contact:
Julie Triffett on 0488 163 025
Matt Hill on 0459 096 003
“Every life lost to suicide is one too many. It causes pain and distress to individuals, families and communities.”