Dealing with grief and loss

Published on 05 September 2022


Held annually, World Suicide Prevention Day raises awareness of suicide in our communities and identifies where and how we can work together collaboratively towards a world without suicide.
Our community is again being invited to participate in the annual Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day, hosted by the local suicide prevention network Chasing Change, in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Shire, on Sunday 11 September.
This important event held at Mornington Park is a platform to connect, reflect and remember the lives of those lost to suicide.
From 9am, get a cuppa and a bite to eat, enjoy live music, grab a ribbon, and check out the information and merch stalls. Formalities and the walk will start from 10am.
The Shire, in partnership with Jesuit Social Services, is hosting another free event on Tuesday 13 September for the community to come together and learn about grief and loss.
At this information session, you’ll hear from local professionals and people with lived experience who will provide some practical strategies for supporting yourself and others following a loss.
Addressing grief and loss is an individual and personal process, at the session you will be provided with information needed to care for yourself and others.
This session we’ll look at various experiences of grief and explore the different types of loss such as the death of a loved one, separation of parents, an animal passing away, moving schools or losing friendships.
If you, or someone you care about, is in crisis and you think immediate action is needed, call emergency services (triple zero – 000), contact your doctor or mental health crisis service, or go to your local hospital emergency department.
For access to crisis support and suicide prevention services, contact Lifeline on 13 11 44.


Chasing Change’s Walk for Suicide Prevention
Sunday 11 September 2022
9am start (formalities and the walk from 10am)
Mornington Park
To register a name to be read in the memorial roll call visit:

Head Talk information session (in person and online)
Tuesday 13 September 2022
6:30pm – 8pm
Mornington Library Meeting Rooms (Vancouver Street, Mornington)
Registrations are essential. Register here
For further information or if you have any questions please contact Andrew Joseph at

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
For many people, it's not easy to talk about grief and loss. Both events are a great opportunity to meet others with similar experiences and speak to professionals who can help guide you and support you through this difficult time.”
Quotes attributable to Health and Wellbeing Committee Chair, Councillor Antonella Celi:
As part of our Council and Wellbeing Plan, we’re committed to encourage a healthy, resilient and connected community.  The Walk for Suicide Prevention Day and the Head Talk session allows us to come together in a safe space to support one another, share our stories and discover strategies to help in dealing with grief and loss."    



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