As of 2015, the average suicide rate in Australia per year was roughly 3000, with another 65,000 people attempting to end their lives... How upsetting are those statistics?
Here on the Central Coast, we want to prevent this loss of life by reaching out, giving hope and offering support.
The Tree of Dreams is your opportunity to be an active part of a Central Coast” community that cares”.
What is Tree Of Dreams?
The Tree of Dreams is an annual campaign to raise awareness of suicide prevention on the Central Coast. The campaign works towards heightening awareness of the impact of suicide, and increasing conversations about preventing suicide.
The Tree of Dreams is situated at the Wyong Milk Factory. Every year in the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, we adorn the tree with hundreds of messages of HOPE - STRENGTH - REMEMBRANCE - SUPPORT collected from people across the Central Coast.
All you need to do is write your personal message on a Tree of Dreams tag. A message of hope and support for those struggling, or one of remembrance for those we have lost. All the tags will be collected and displayed on the Tree of Dreams for World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th.
You can get your Tree of Dreams tag at the display stands in Wyong Milk Factory, Wyong Rugby League Clubs, Central Coast Community Bank Branches of Bendigo Bank or go to the Tree Of Dreams website to find your local Tree of Dreams display.
To talk about the Tree Of Dreams initiative, Mandy and Akmal caught up with Sue Liptrott from the Iris Foundation
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14
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