18th August – 10th September

Wyong Milk Factory – 141 Alison Road, Wyong
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About 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 10thSeptember, we adorn the tree with hundreds of messages of HOPE – STRENGTH – REMEMBRANCE – SUPPORT collected from people across the Central Coast. The Tree has become a memorable tribute to those we have lost, but also a positive display of hope and support to remind us all to encourage life and reach out to each other when times are tough.

We can all take part and show our support.

River of Reflections Public Gathering

Iris Foundation was proud to host the inaugural River of Reflections event as part of this year’s Tree of Dreams awareness campaign.

A crowd of around 100 local people gathered on the banks of Wyong River on September 8. Many wrote messages of hope, support and remembrance on lighted lanterns, which were then released to float peacefully down the river. The group took the opportunity to reflect, talk together, share snacks and hear from speakers with a lived experience of suicide.

Iris Foundation would like to thank local filmmakers Mel and Gerry of Films4Change  for their work on our amazing event video.

A Suicide-Safer Central Coast

Iris Foundation acknowledges the impact of suicide in our Central Coast community. Through generous donations Iris Foundation can continue to facilitate programs and campaigns which reduce stigma, connect people, foster hope and build resilience – as a means to reducing the risk of suicide. Your donation is valued.

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.

Contact Us

You can email us at enquiries@irisfoundation.org.au or fill in the form below and someone will be in contact with you.

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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

Tree of Dreams® is an initiative of Iris Foundation, a Central Coast organization that fosters resilience, hope and connections in our community as a means of reducing the risk of suicide.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that support this campaign:

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4 days ago

Tree of Dreams

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for Australians to express their generosity, give back and change their community.
Iris Foundation is asking for donations to help us continue our work to prevent suicide here on the Central Coast. Funds received help support our In School program – Cool Connections, building resilience in our young people as they transition into teenage years. If you would like to support, please click this link www.givenow.com.au/irisfoundation

Volunteer, Donate, Support – there are many ways to participate. Or perhaps you would like to just give back to those in your community by spreading joy and connecting. Then click this link to view 30 Ways of Giving list - www.irisfoundation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-Ways-of-GIVING.pdf
#SuicidePrevention #YouCanTalk #GivingTuesdayAUS
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2 weeks ago

Tree of Dreams

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for Australians to express their generosity, give back and change their community.
Iris Foundation is asking for donations to help us continue our work to prevent suicide here on the Central Coast. Funds received help support our In School program – Cool Connections, building resilience in our young people as they transition into teenage years. If you would like to support, please click this link www.givenow.com.au/irisfoundation

Volunteer, Donate, Support – there are many ways to participate. Or perhaps you would like to just give back to those in your community by spreading joy and connecting. Then click this link to view 30 Ways of Giving list - www.irisfoundation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/30-Ways-of-GIVING.pdf
#SuicidePrevention #YouCanTalk #GivingTuesdayAUS
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1 month ago

Tree of Dreams

It’s important to remember, it’s important to love, it’s important to connect and know that we are not alone.
Tree of Dreams is the Iris Foundation’s annual suicide awareness campaign. This year, along with 100’s of messages placed in the Tree, we held a community event which saw lanterns, penned with special messages, floated down the Wyong River. The lanterns held personal messages of heartfelt sorrow and remembrance - full of love.
- If we can sew value into those around us, it’s worth it
- If we can give joy where it’s lacking, it’s worth it
- If we can save just one life, it’s worth it
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Absolutely beautiful. So sad I couldn’t be there.

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2 months ago

Tree of Dreams

It's all about the COFFEE & CAKE - and where better than by the LAKE.
Join us for an afternoon of relaxing fun, entertainment and delicious food.
All are welcome to this fundraiser supporting Iris Foundation.
Saturday, 9th of November, 2 -4 pm at Toukley Marine Rescue, Tuggerah Lakes.
For more information, visit;
www.facebook.com/events/2417234135221692/
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3 months ago

Tree of Dreams

Today is RU OK? Day 12th September, our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.
Whenever you notice a change, no matter how small, Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK? - start a conversation. RuOk #suicideprevention
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