Governor General on 25 years of Suicide Prevention Australia

18 December 2017
Governor General and Lady Cosgrove host SPA Member Reception

PHOTO: On Tuesday 26 July 2016, at Government House, Canberra, the Governor-General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove hosted a reception for Suicide Prevention Australia Members attending the 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference ‘Connecting Culture, Context and Capabilities’, in Canberra. Pictured here for SPA Ambassador Professor Tom Calma AO, SPA Chair (2011-2017) Murray Bleach and SPA CEO Sue Murray.

Many thanks to our kind Patron for his letter of congratulations and appreciation. 

Full text of the letter noted below:

"Sadly, suicide is too common in Australia today and its repercussions have a profound effect on all of us. Suicide is terribly complex and a serious public health issue that needs long term attention. There are no simple answers, no single cause and no easy plan of attack.

But, we do know that it is mostly preventable. And it is here that Suicide Prevention Australia works to support more Australians to live.

Today, as Patron of Suicide Prevention Australia, I would like to congratulate SPA on 25 years of service. I would also like to thank each and every one of SPA’s colleagues and friends who put their heart, soul and expertise into saving lives every day.

There is hope. I see it in the eyes and actions of everyday Australians working hard each day to prevent suicide. Thank you for all you do."

Browse our 25 years of suicide prevention in Australia timeline and report

2017 sees Suicide Prevention Australia's 25th year in operation. To mark this moment, the team has drawn upon Members' combined knowledge and experience to share a snapshot of some of our collective suicide prevention milestones and efforts over the last 25 years.

Click here to browse the interactive timeline and download the full report. Many of the images hyperlink to news items, podcasts, articles, reports and documents.


18 December 2017
Letter from Suicide Prevention Australia Patron on 25 years of service.