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.




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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We are incredibly humbled and excited to announce the Bendigo community has voted in support of our Bendigo Suicide Prevention Action Plan in the State Government's Pick My Project initiative.

Words cannot describe the gratitude we have for you the people of Bendigo who saw the potential in our project and voted in support.

The hard work now begins.

Rest assured we will put everything into making your vote count by getting this program off the ground and educating the community on how to identify people struggling and most importantly the best way to ensure they get the right help.

All the projects submitted to Pick My Project were so worthy and we would like to acknowledge everyone who put in the hard work to submit their idea.

We understand how fortunate we are to get the trust of the Bendigo community and will now start of process of getting our project up and running with the aim of saving lives in our great community.

Please stay tuned for updates on our progess and thank you once more to everyone who supported us.

To whom it may concern,

Suicide Prevention Awareness Network (SPAN) Central Victoria has gained a State Government Pick My Project grant to deliver a Suicide Prevention Program in the City of Greater Bendigo over the next 12 months.   

We are seeking quotes from contractors to plan and co-ordinate the delivery of the safeTALK Suicide Prevention Program in Bendigo businesses from around March 2019.   

There are key 5 elements to the project:

1 - Engaging with employers to participate in the safeTALK program and working with them to sustain mental health programs around suicide prevention beyond this project. A list of preferred employers is in place and the successful provider will be required to develop and implement a communication and engagement schedule to recruit interested employers to participate in the program. 

2 - Delivering up to 70, four-hour safeTALK workshops in at least 20 busineses through the 12 months.

3 - Liaising with local media regarding appropriate reporting on suicide in accordance with the Mindframe Everymind Guidelines Program.

4 - Design and implement an approach to evaluate the efficacy of the intervention.

5 - Design and development of any embedding activities and/or collateral that will serve to support sustainability of the program and/or participant outcomes.   

A fixed cost should be provided for elements 1, 3, 4 and 5 and a schedule of rates (per workshop) cost should be provided for element 2.   

Due to the short time-frame to start this project, suppliers are requested to submit their expressions of interest no later than 4pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.   

Please keep details in the Quotation Response Schedule brief.   

If you would like th obtain the documents needed to submit a quote for this project, please contact me by email on or call 0419 762 791.

Thank you.  

Rod Flavell

Chair and Project Manager

Bendigo Suicide Prevention Awareness Network (SPAN) Central Victoria

The State Government has opened voting for the Pick My Project campaign.

The campaign is offering $1 million in funding to the Bendigo region with a public vote to decide the three most worthy projects in the Bendigo region.

Our project aims to create a Suicide Prevention Action Plan with the Bendigo community.

The plan will focus on a community-based education to enable people to recognise signs that someone is at risk and start a potentially life-saving discussion to provide them with the right information to seek help. Our project will work with large Bendigo employers to support training in the workplace. About 3000 people take their own life in Australia each year – a figure that far exceeds the national road toll. For every death, around 25 individuals will attempt suicide – that’s 70,000 people. We are confident this project will reduce the impact of suicide in the Bendigo community by building and skilling a network of ‘helpers’ in our community that can respond to people in distress. The action plan will be guided by the Black Dog Institute’s suicide prevention Lifespan approach.

To vote for our Pick My Project visit www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au and search for Bendigo project. You will find us in the bunch with many other very worthy projects.

Please share with anyone you think can help us too!

Thank you to everyone who supports our work and this campaign from the bottom of our hearts – you will be making a difference!


To protect the integrity of the voting process you will need to create a Pick My Project account to submit one vote for each of the three Bendigo projects you think are most worthy. We realise the impost but ask that you support us by following the prompts given the importance of the issue. To create an account you will need to give an active email address, mobile phone number to receive a verification SMS and a street address and postcode to prove your Victorian residential status.

SPAN Central Victoria organising committee features representatives from many community organisations including Bendigo Community Health ServicesLifeline Central Victoria and MalleeheadspaceBendigo, City of Greater BendigoCatherine McAuley College and La Trobe University, Bendigo.

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