18th August – 10th September

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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.

Public Event Sunday 8th September

5.30pm – 7.30pm

This year, alongside the Tree of Dreams, there will be a community event held at the Wyong Milk Factory grassed area adjacent to the Wyong River. On Sunday, September 8, as the sun sets, attendees will be invited to release a lantern on the river in reflection – a moment to honour and respect those they have lost, their life lived, their love and the gifts they gave. It is also an opportunity to show those touched by suicide that they’re not alone, to foster hope and build connectedness, to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Lanterns provided free of charge at the event. Everyone is welcome.

How Can You Take Part?

It’s about reaching out with positive messages and remembering the value of one another.

Show your support – get a tag and write your message of


All tags with their messages will be placed in the Tree of Dreams® and will remain there significantly for World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday 10th September.

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
  • 2GO Radio Gosford

Tags can be supplied on request by emailing enquiries@irisfoundation.org.au with your details.

On Your Behalf

Can’t be there? It would be our privilege to:

– write your message on a tag  on your behalf, to place in the Tree of Dreams

and /or

– write your message on a lantern, on your behalf, in honour of someone special

Tag or Lantern?

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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:

Supporting Partners


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3 weeks 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

1 month 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;

2 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

2 months ago

Tree of Dreams


2 months ago

Tree of Dreams

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day - a day to recognise the part we all have in preventing suicide, to remember those we have lost to suicide and support the loved ones they left behind. We encourage you to take the time to reach out to others - stay connected. #suicideprevention
If you are in need of support call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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