COMMUNITY champions, workplace support programs and community groups who have come together to support each other were some of the recipients of this year’s Mental Health Matters Awards.
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The annual awards are run by WayAhead, and presented during the annual Mental Health Month launch event in Sydney.
Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network was honoured for their work, with a prestigious award at the ceremony.
Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network is a local initiative funded by donations and created to raise awareness about the impact of suicide on loved ones and to bring our community together to inspire love, hope and remember lives lost.
Members have restored a rugged neglected headland, built a seat and memorial plinth and developed walking paths.
Each year people are invited to ‘Walk With Us’ in a friendly community environment, to start the conversation about our emotions and fears, and support those who have lost loved ones through a suicide.
Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network also supports suicide prevention training programs from Wesley and Lifeline, provides information about mental health services and are building a labyrinth as a “walking meditation” mindfulness space, to aid people in need of stress and anxiety reduction