Bendigo SPAN Suicide Awareness Walk

VIDEO: Introducing the SPAN Central Victoria story

People from across Victoria and beyond embraced Bendigo's first suicide prevention and awareness walk in 2012 with more than 350 turning out. In 2013 more than 500 people walked to raise awareness and remember those lost to suicide.

The 2014 SPAN Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk will be held on March 23 at the Dai Gum San precinct in Bendigo with activities starting at 9.30am and the walk at 11am.

Community support flows for Bendigo suicide awareness walk

A BENDIGO cool room and refrigerator business has thrown its support behind the Suicide Awareness Walk tomorrow.  

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Front page a fitting tribute - Bendigo Advertiser supports SPAN

The Bendigo Advertiser has published a special front page on Saturday's edition to honour all those lost to suicide, their families and in support of the Bendigo Suicide Prevention Awareness Network central Victoria group and its walk planned for Sunday.

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Wheels in motion for SPAN walk - one day to go!

One of the driving forces behind the Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk Alannah McGregor says the event is making a difference but there is still a long way to go. 

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Former policeman speaks out about suicide

GREG Penno knows all too well the devastating impact suicide can have on emergency personnel.

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Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band marches to awareness

CASTLEMAINE Highland Pipe Band secretary Donald Barnett never understood the warning signs of suicide until he lost two colleagues in a matter of weeks. 

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TALENT: Ian Seboa and Sarah Langley of Sebnsarah, duo Maddie Franks and Gemmah Kurzke-Michell, and Stacy Varner.

TALENT: Ian Seboa and Sarah Langley of Sebnsarah, duo Maddie Franks and Gemmah Kurzke-Michell, and Stacy Varner.

Students, music school throw their support behind SPAN walk

DEWAR'S Music School has thrown its support behind Sunday's Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk.

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Volunteers ready to step out for SPAN walk

SEVERAL health and welfare organisations will provide volunteers for the Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk on Sunday.

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Call for schools and businesses to support walk

THE Suicide Prevention Awareness Network Central Victoria group has urged schools and businesses to support the Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk on March 23.

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Tradie brekkie set to sizzle

PREPARATIONS are complete for Bendigo's inaugural Save Your Bacon breakfast on Tuesday - now we just need the tradies!

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Black Dog riders join walk to tackle suicide

THE Black Dog Ride and SPAN join forces this year to raise awareness of depression and support those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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SUPPORT: Alannah McGregor and Hume & Iser managing director Stephen Iser.

SUPPORT: Alannah McGregor and Hume & Iser managing director Stephen Iser.

Major mental health awareness events team up for a good cause

Two of Bendigo's biggest mental health awareness events have combined forces. The Black Dog Ride has teamed up with the Suicide Prevention Awareness Network walk, for their events on March 23.

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HALT co-founder to talk at Bendigo suicide awareness walk

Suicide HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes will be one of the guest speakers at the Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network walk. 

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Download your remembrance buttery for 2014 SPAN walk ceremony

A moving part of the SPAN Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk is the attaching of butterflies decorated in honour of a loved one of friend to a net during the official ceremony. Download your butterfly by clicking on this link Remembrance Butterfly 

Note: The date on the butterfly should read March 23.

2013 SPAN SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS WALK - COVERAGE

Hundreds walk in Bendigo for suicide awareness

BENDIGO is a giant step closer to breaking down the taboos surrounding suicide after more than 500 people took part in yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network’s walk. Read more here.

Friends, family pay tribute at SPAN walk

COLLEEN Gray and Kirsty D’Arcy attended yesterday’s suicide awareness walk in honour of son and brother Matthew Gray, who lost his life to suicide in 2005. Read more here.

SPAN walk spreads suicide prevention message

WE all have an important role to play in suicide prevention. That was the message being spread at yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network (SPAN) walk through Bendigo’s CBD. Read more here.

Suicide impact still felt at home

PEOPLE taking part in the 2013 SPAN suicide awareness walk speak to the Bendigo Advertiser about why they're walking. Read more here.

Gone, but not forgotten

ASHLEIGH Mccallum stepped out in support of a former class mate at yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network walk. Read more here.

Editorial: We all have a duty to help prevent suicide

WHEN was the last time you asked someone: “Are you OK?” Yesterday’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Network (SPAN) walk was an important reminder to take the time to check the mental well-being of your friends, family members and work colleagues. Read more here.

Memorial quilt to raise suicide awareness

THE Suicide Prevention Awareness Network central Victoria group is inviting Bendigo residents to take part in the making of a memorial quilt, which will be displayed around the region to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Read more here.

Gallery: 2013 SPAN suicide awareness walk

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Download your remembrance buttery for SPAN walk ceremony

A moving part of the SPAN Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk is the attaching of butterflies decorated in honour of a loved one of friend to a net during the official ceremony. Download your butterfly by clicking on this link Remembrance butterfly

How can you help SPAN? Details Community letter: How you can help                                          

Personal stories

Think about the ones left behind, urges Bendigo woman

STACEY McGregor shares her story of losing her two siblings to suicide. Read more here

Mum, daughter walk to remember with love

HAYLEE Kennedy speaks about why she and daughter Gemmah participated in last year's SPAN walk. Read more here. 

Grieving a son who took his own life

JEANETTE Hartley marked 10 years since losing her son Adam to suicide. She shares her story here. Read more here.

2012 SPAN SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS WALK - COVERAGE

Crowd shows they care through Bendigo walk

MORE than 350 people turned out for the first central Victorian suicide prevention and awareness walk on Saturday, despite the cold and wet weather. Read more here.

Gallery: SPAN suicide awareness walk in Bendigo

Communities need to talk about suicide

THERE is no doubt that communities need to talk about the issue of suicide – in families, among friends, in health services, and in workplaces. Writes JAELEA SKEHAN.

 Links

Lifeline website or call 13 11 14;

Suicide Call Back Service website or call 1300 659 467;

For young people aged between 5-25: Kids Helpline website or call 1800 55 1800;

For men of all ages: MensLine Australia website or call 1300 78 99 78;

For people bereaved by suicide: Salvation Army Hope For Life website or call 1300 467 354;

Multicultural Mental Health Australia website;

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Vibe website;

SANE Australia website or call 1800 18 7263;

For young people: Reach Out! website;

Or talk to you local GP or health professional.

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