Media Release: Community leaders and celebrities join national 24-hour treadmill challenge for suicide prevention

26 May 2017

26 to 27 May 2017, Community leaders, celebrities and sporting professionals across Australia will join Suicide Prevention Australia’s Plebs, Pros & Personalities (PPP4SPA) 24-hour treadmill challenge to prevent suicides in their communities.

More than 3,000 Australians died by suicide in one year (ABS 2016), with these latest figures showing suicide remains the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44.

“Suicide is complex, often the result of a multiplicity of factors that become overwhelming and fuse into a single moment in time,” said Sue Murray, Chief Executive, Suicide Prevention Australia.

“These moments in time are what we are trying to prevent,” said Ms Murray.

The PPP4SPA events will also mobilise community members and local crisis support and mental health service providers to build and strengthen connections and resilience in the community through a team-building physical challenge event. 

Shannan Ponton, fitness expert and trainer on weight loss show The Biggest Loser is a great supporter of PPP4SPA.

“Through life and work I have seen people faced with challenges in their lives that seem insurmountable. I have also seen first-hand what a show of support can do to help people through those dark moments and go on to live fulfilling lives,” said Shannan Ponton.  

“PPP4SPA unites people in their passion and dedication to prevent suicides in their community and facilitates connections with services when problems seem too big for them to face alone,” said Mr Ponton.

PPP4SPA provides an opportunity for individuals, families, local businesses, health, crisis and counselling service providers to intersect with the community, while also providing an activity that involves team work and every person doing their part.

Individuals and groups can register for 15 or 30 minute timeslots on a treadmill at their local event. Funds raised from this event go to Suicide Prevention Australia to help continue their work in advocacy and providing national leadership for the suicide prevention sector.  

The PPP4SPA events will start at 6pm AEST on Friday 26 May, concluding at 6pm Saturday 27 May 2017.

This year seven events will run simultaneously in the Central Coast NSW, Northern Beaches of Sydney NSW, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs NSW, Grafton NSW, Snowy Mountains Jindabyne NSW, Logan QLD and Perth WA.

To find out more about how you can get involved, visit For local media opportunities, please contact event organisers directly (contact details in Appendix B). To speak with key SPA spokespeople, please contact Michelle Kwan / 02 9262 1130.



Sue Murray – Chief Executive, Suicide Prevention Australia

Kim Borrowdale- Deputy CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia

About Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA): SPA provides national leadership for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to get help and how to give help. 

As the lead agency of the National Suicide Prevention Coalition, we build and facilitate partnerships to change attitudes to mental illness and suicidal behaviours, and seek to harness the voices of professionals and those with lived experience of suicide attempts and suicide.


The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that suicide remains the leading cause of death for people aged between 15-44 years and suicide deaths are on the rise, with 3,027 deaths by suicide in 2015 (ABS, 2016). 

Talking about suicide in the media: A reminder of the Mindframe National Media guidelines - - and for tips on how to talk safely and constructively about suicide. 

Crisis support information

Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
MensLine 1300 78 99 78



Northern Beaches: Newport Surf Lifesaving Club, 394 Barrenjoey Road, Newport NSW 2018. Contact Sammi 0406 661 499

Central Coast: The Entrance North Surf Life Saving Club, 77 Hutton Road, The Entrance NSW 2261. Contact Tenille 0438 434 818

Eastern Suburbs: Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club, 5R Marine Parade, Maroubra NSW 2035. 0410 614 816

Grafton: Grafton Hockey Club, Cnr Oliver & Villiers Street, Grafton, NSW 2460. Contact Kara 0401 589 057

Snowy Mountains Jindabyne: Lake Jindabyne Hotel, 1 McLure Circuit, Jindabyne NSW 2627. Contact Skye 0429 489 701



Logan: Yarrabilba Darlington Parklands, Logan QLD 4207. Contact Kylie 0422 672 903



Perth: Green Zone Fitness, Warwick Grove Shopping Centre Cnr Beach and Erindale Roads, Warwick WA 6024. Contact Tom 0417 858 860