A message from the founders, Jennifer and Rosemary

In 2014, The Pattern Project raised $4,105.02 for Suicide Prevention Australia. We achieved such an amazing result by hosting a high tea fundraiser in October at Shucked Coffee House, along with an online auction. If you were able to make it to the event, you’ll remember we had a delightful display of delicate doily pieces. Each item was generously donated, crafted, or created by the supporters of The Pattern Project. You may also remember the live auction, the tasty treats, and our guest speaker Michelle, from Suicide Prevention Australia. Michelle spoke about the great work SPA does in trying to achieve their mission of a world without suicide by focussing on preventing suicide instead of post-suicide assistance. One of their most important ventures is the Lived Experience Network, which gives a voice to people who have been affected by suicide, and which is crucial to challenging the stigma associated with suicide (ensuring that people will be able to ask for help), and to increasing the understanding of suicide and effective suicide prevention responses.

We were so humbled by the generosity of everyone involved in the high tea and had intentions to hold two events this year, however 2015 has been a roller coaster and due to personal circumstances we were unable to organise any events this year. We do plan on organising an event next year to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, so if you’d like to be a part of it by contributing or as a guest, pencil it into your diary! We’d love to see another fantastic result in 2016.

We’d like to once again thank all the wonderful people who donated items for sale, those who purchased them, those who came along to our high tea, and those who assisted us in making last year’s event a huge success.

We’re very open to new ideas for The Pattern Project events, so if you have a suggestion, we’d love to hear it! We would really like to organise events that appeal to all genders, so if you have any great ideas, let us know!

Don’t forget you can always support the cause by donating to our Everyday Hero page.  All funds donated go straight to Suicide Prevention Australia.

If you’d like to stay in the loop with our events, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and you can also sign up to our mailing list here.  We’ll be posting news of our next event as soon as we’ve planned it, but it will be at least 6 months away.  If you’d like to donate a piece for it, please contact us.

Want to know what we’re about?  The Pattern Project aims to assist Suicide Prevention Australia in achieving their vision of a world without suicide.  Click here to find out more.

World Suicide Prevention Day and RUOK? Day

It’s less than two weeks until World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. Suicide Prevention Australia says:

The 2015 international theme of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is ‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.’ It is speaking up to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide prevention safely. It is about standing up to make a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. It is about being self informed and aware of support and services available to all those touched by suicide and those building a resilient community to prevent suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day in 2015 is significant because it falls on the same day as R U OK?Day. To mark this day, the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention are standing behind two important campaigns:

  1. National public awareness campaign called ‘Thanks For Asking
  2. Launch of a national research action plan to align research funds and priorities in suicide prevention in Australia. Stay tuned for more on this when it is officially released at Parliament House on the morning of WSPD.

If you would like to get involved, Suicide Prevention Australia has the following suggestions for you:

Write a heartfelt note of thanks

This year, the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention is getting behind our friends at R U OK? and their national campaign to inspire hope and gratitude called ‘Thanks for Asking’.

Head to www.ruok.org.au to write a heart-felt note of thanks to someone who was there for you when you really needed it. Let’s show Australia the power of a conversation!

Attend or host a local World Suicide Prevention Day event

We are so pleased to see that so many communities, businesses and individuals have organised events on and around World Suicide Prevention Day. See if there is an event in your area or add yours to the calendar.

Make a splash on social media

Whether you are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media channel, we want to see and share as many events, pictures, news and views as possible on and around World Suicide Prevention Day. We are all in this together so please make sure you use the below hashtags on anything and everything related to WSPD and R U OK?Day.

#WSPD

#RUOKday

You can also support Suicide Prevention Australia in achieving their vision of a world without suicide by donating through The Pattern Project’s Everyday Heroes page, or direct to SPA via their Go Fundraise page.

Check out the amazing items we had donated to us for the 2014 online auction!