Hi everyone,

It's with sadness but a true sense of responsibility to all that we announce the Suicide Prevention And Awareness Walk planned for March 22 must be postponed due to the rapidly escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but given this situation is changing by the hour the SPAN committee had to make a decision in the interests of you and our volunteers.

Here's some key points we considered:

• At this time the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services guidelines don’t preclude outdoor gatherings such as the SPAN Walk, however people who are unwell should not attend such events and universal hygiene precautions need to be practised in order to minimise the spread of the virus.

• The SPAN Walk is an outdoor event and therefore the risk of close contact to infected persons is relatively low, however, no situations are entirely risk free – the nature of the SPAN event is that it is an emotional environment and therefore close contact with people hugging, kissing or shaking hands is a reality.

• A key consideration is the ‘duty of care’ that SPAN has to its members, volunteers, guest speakers, students and participants – we haven’t had time to consult with everyone however enough questions have already been raised about how some may feel given the daily developments and perceived risk of this event.

• The Coranavirus story in the media is escalating by the hour and this is already resulting in either cancellations or limitations on various gatherings (both indoor and outdoor) which adds to the uncertainty in the community.

• The cycle group who are intending to participate in this year’s event have also raised the question about whether the event should proceed.

• The reality is that the public’s perception of these events is already impacted for various reasons and therefore it is highly likely that numbers will be down this year.

Given these factors and our duty of care to all we have decided to postpone not cancel the walk and will keep everyone informed about any new date once we all get over this health crisis wreaking havoc around the world.

We thank you for your ongoing support and apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Thank you all.

Remember, as our motto says ... #toughtimespass



It's with sadness but a true sense of responsibility to all that we announce the Suicide Prevention And Awareness Walk planned for March 22 must be postponed due to the rapidly escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will keep you up to date when we decide on a new date once this threat has gone away.




The Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk will be held on Sunday, March 22, in 2020.

Please save the date in your calendar.





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We had a great morning tea on October 8 to update the community on how our Bendigo Suicide Prevention Program is going.

It was pretty exciting to report more than 200 people in our community have now been skilled through free LivingWorks Australia safeTALK workshops in recognising someone at risk and how to start the conversation to get them help.

We have visited businesses, community groups, sporting groups such as Eaglehawk Football Netball Club and organisations such as the City of Greater Bendigo, Heathcote Health, Rochester and Elmore District Health Service, headspace Bendigo and St John of God Bendigo along the way and we thank them for the wonderful support in hosting a workshop.

There is just a handful of opportunities left under the Pick My Project funding we received to host free workshops so if you have been thinking about hosting one please be quick in contacting project co-ordinator Hannah Coghill at Bendigo Community Health Services via email  or by calling 5406 1200.

We'd love to keep the series going because the feedback has been excellent and it's encouraging more than 200 people have been trained around suicide prevention but that's going to rely on us finding more funding which isn't easy these days.  

Thank you to Maree Edwards MP for talking at our morning tea this morning about the Pick My Project and our program, along with Andrew Reid from the Eaglehawk Football Netball Club on what the workshop has done for their organisation.

And thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Pick My Project initiative - we are making a difference and that's down to you.

Thank you everyone.




Any organisation is only as strong as those who work tirelessly behind the scenes.

Well this is our team.

We're thrilled Rod Flavell has returned for another year in the president's chair with Alannah McGregor as vice-president.

Dionne Lynch is our valued secretary and we say a huge welcome to our new treasurer Cheyenne Cadence who comes with a wonderful recommendation from Headspace Bendigo.

We can't thank you all enough for your dedication and support for SPAN Central Victoria and all that we are trying to achieve.

Thank you to all the other groups who provide volunteer support to the SPAN committee including Catherine McAuley CollegeBendigo Community Health Servicesheadspace Bendigo, The Gianna Centre, City of Greater Bendigo, Grief Work Uniting and Bendigo Health.

Our work is only as good as the people who provide the support to make things happen so thank you.

We appreciate every second you give us.

Fantastic to announce the first dates for our Suicide Prevention Program safeTALK workshops.

The free community workshops delivered by qualified LivingWorks Australia trainers are aimed at Bendigo business but are open to any member of the community who feels they could benefit from building skills in identifying people at risk of suicide and learning how to start a conversation to get them help.

The next community workshops in the safeTALK series are:

Wednesday, February 19: 9.30am-1.30pm at City of Greater Bendigo. Open to community. Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/safetalk-presentation-tickets-75802837327

Community workshops have already been held at:

Monday, June 17: 1.30pm-5.30pm at Bendigo TAFE. Register now: http://bit.ly/safeTALKJune17

Monday, July 8: 9.30am-1.30pm at Bendigo TAFE. Register: http://bit.ly/safeTALKJuly8

Monday, August 5: 9.30am-1.30pm at Bendigo Harness Racing Club. Register: http://bit.ly/safeTALKAugust5

Tuesday, August 6: 9.30am-1.30pm at Bendigo Harness Racing Club. Register: http://bit.ly/safeTALKAugust6

Thursday, August 22: 1.30pm-5.30pm at Bendigo TAFE. Register: http://bit.ly/safeTALKAugust22

Monday, September 9: 9.30am-1.30pm at Bendigo TAFE. Register:  http://bit.ly/safeTALKSeptember9

Monday, September 2: 9.30am-1.30pm at Heathcote - Barrack Reserve Oval Room in High Street. Register: http://bit.ly/safeTALKseptember2

Monday, September 9: 9.30am-1.30pm at Bendigo TAFE. Register:  http://bit.ly/safeTALKSeptember9

Wednesday, October 2: 12.30pm-4.30pm at City of Greater Bendigo, Lyttleton Terrace, reception room. Register: http://bit.ly/safeTALKOctober2

Wednesday, November 6: 9.30am-1.30pm at City of Greater Bendigo. Open to community. Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/safetalk-presentation-tickets-71329792329

Wednesday, November 6: 6pm-10pm at Marong Community Hall, 36 Torrens Street, Marong. Open to community. Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/safetalk-presentation-tickets-75802905531?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Wednesday, December 11: 5.30pm-9.30pm at headspace Bendigo, 78-80 Pall Mall, Bendigo. Open to LGBTIQ community, families and supporters. Register now: http://bit.ly/safeTALKDecember11

Thursday, December 12: 5.30pm-9.30pm at St John of God Bendigo, 133-145 Lily Street, Bendigo. Open to community. Register now: http://bit.ly/safeTALKDecember12

Want to learn more?

Anyone interested in getting more information about the Suicide Prevention Program or volunteer your organisation to host a workshop should email Hannah Coghill on or call 5448 1600.

A massive thank you to Bendigo Harness Racing Club and Bendigo TAFE - RTO no. 3077 for providing venues to host these valuable community workshops. Your generosity will allow us to reach even more people in the community and that is such a brilliant outcome. Thank you.

Bendigo Community Health Services is project managing the delivery of the workshops on our behalf.

These workshops have been made possible by your wonderful support in voting for our program and securing funding through the Pick My Project initiative delivered by the Dan Andrews government. Thank you all.

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