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Mental Health Week (7 – 13 October) is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing. World Mental Health Day is marked every year on 10 October.

Wellways Australia, in collaboration with Griffith City Library, will host a Lived Experience of Suicide Information Evening from 6-7pm, Thursday 11th October to promote positive mental health throughout the Murrumbidgee region.

The event is being supported through funding from Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, under the Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program. ‘Community based events provide an opportunity to facilitate discussion and raise awareness, encouraging people to reach out if they need support’ Said, Melissa Neal CEO, Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

Key note presenter Pat Lawson, a Wellways Peer Support Worker, will lead a public discussion on what it takes to create a suicide safe community, while speaking on his own lived experience and sharing his story of a suicide attempt. The evening will also involve a panel of three students from Kooringal High School. The panel, moderated by Pat Lawson, will discuss how young people can help their mates keep themselves mentally and physically well.

The Lived Experience of Suicide Information Evening at Griffith City Library is part of the Break the Cycle initiative, a greater effort undertaken by Wellways staff and Murrumbidgee region community members to raise awareness of mental health issues, encourage help-seeking, reduce stigma and place a focus on emotional wellbeing.

As part of the Break the Cycle initiative, Wellways staff and supportive community members have joined together to undertake a week-long bike ride from Wagga Wagga to Hay, stopping overnight at Cootamundra, West Wyalong, Lake Cargelligo and Griffith. The bike riders hope their brand of mental health bicycle advocacy can help to create a suicide safe community throughout the Murrumbidgee region.

Zoe Evans, Regional Manager for Wellways Murrumbidgee, said ‘the lived experience evening is an opportunity for members of the Griffith community to hear messages of life and hope after a suicide attempt, as well as tips on how to support each other through difficult times.

‘We look forward to riding through Griffith and sharing stories of recovery with the community,’ said Ms Evans.

This Lived Experience of Suicide Information Evening at Griffith City Library is a free event. You can RSVP online at or just turn up.


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Wellways is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing mental health support services. The Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program is funded by the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and delivered by Wellways. To find out more about the Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program: