Suicide Awareness and Support Geelong

Death of SPAN founding member

It is with great sadness that Support After Suicide (SAS) service acknowledges the recent suicide of Lisa Castle – one of the founding members of the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network (SPAN) group.

We express our sincere condolences to Lisa’s family and all those affected by her death.

Lisa had dedicated much of the last nine years to efforts in suicide prevention and we thank her for her significant contribution to this in the Geelong Region. SASGR and SPAN will continue this much needed work in our region. Lisa’s death, like all suicides may raise questions and concerns for you. Her active involvement and passion in suicide bereavement will also make her death even more difficult to understand. However, it does reinforce the importance of suicide prevention activities in our community and highlights the need for better understanding of suicide and the impact on those left behind.

If this news causes you distress, please feel free to contact us on 4215 3358 from 9-5 Monday to Friday. Outside of these times please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicideline on 1300 651 251.

Loss from suicide is overwhelming, intense and confusing. Each person’s feelings will vary yet the grief and unanswered questions can consume you. SPAN (Suicide Prevention Awareness Network) aims to create suicide awareness in the community so those faced with loss or feeling they have nowhere to turn, have the support they need.

SPAN’s ultimate aim is to reduce the number of suicide deaths in our community. In 2009 the community of Geelong witnessed too many suicides and this group was formed by people eager to find ways to educate the public about issues surrounding suicide.

We believe suicide prevention is everybody’s responsibility and a subject that needs to be talked about openly and sensitively and our initiatives can, and will, make a difference.

Suicide Awareness Walk on September 9, 2018

At SPAN our main initiative is our annual Suicide Awareness Walk. The walk usually takes place on January 26 but in 2018 our Suicide Awareness Walk will take place on September 9, coinciding with the start of World Suicide Prevention Week.

As well as the Suicide Awareness Walk, SPAN’s range of suicide awareness services includes:

We gratefully acknowledge the many sponsors who have made our mission possible and welcome any donations, no matter how small, with thanks. Contact us for further information.