In 2018, the Tree of Dreams was adorned by over 1000 messages of hope, support and remembrance. More than 40 Central Coast businesses and community organisations engaged with our suicide prevention awareness campaign in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day.
Local production company Films4Change captured the spirit of the tree-lighting event with this video, featuring Iris Foundation Lived Experience speaker Colin Henderson reciting the poem ‘Good Timber’ by Douglas Malloch.
About Tree of DreamsThe 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.
We can all take part and show our support.
How Can You Take Part?
Show your support – get a tag and write your message of HOPE – STRENGTH – REMEMBRANCE – SUPPORT
All tags with their messages will be placed in the Tree of Dreams® and will remain there significantly for World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10th September
A public tree-lighting will be held on Thursday, 6th September.
Are you a group, business, organisation, school? Tags can be made available and placed together in the Tree with your organisation name as a group support. Email email@example.com for details.
Where To Get Tags
Tags will be available for collection and for drop off at the following locations:
- Wyong Milk Factory – 141 Alison Road Wyong
- Central Coast Community Bank Branches of Bendigo Bank
Ettalong – East Gosford – Kincumber – Lisarow – Wyong
- Wyong Rugby League Club
- Wallarah Bay Recreation Club
- Bateau Bay Bowling Club
- Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club
- Simplicity Funerals
Erina – Wyong – Toukley – Bateau Bay – Woy Woy
- 2GO Radio Gosford
Tags can be supplied on request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsorship packages are available. Each $50 donation received ensures a basket of tags is made available to local community groups, in particular, those working in the area of youth support and/or vulnerable high- risk groups.
All funds raised will go towards local, Central Coast suicide prevention activities through Iris Foundation.
NEED HELP? PLEASE REACH OUT
Lifeline 131 114
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline (ages 12 to 25)
1800 551 800
Mensline Australia 1300 789 978
“Our school was honoured to be a part of the Tree of Dreams project. Both our students and staff were involved by writing messages of support and encouragement on the tags. The project was a positive opportunity for our staff to speak with students about the effects of suicide and ways that we can support each other and build others up. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in this project.”
“Phoenix Youth Support Services would like to thank the supporting businesses that gave many young people the opportunity to write message tags for the Tree of Dreams.
Sadly, a great deal of these youth have been personally touched by suicide in varying ways and, indirectly, this initiative gave a little closure to them.
These are the opportunities you just can’t buy.”