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2019 Suicide Prevention Completed suicides across Australia in 2017 was 3128 with Ballarat's deaths being higher than the average. Des Hudson OA and Michelle McGillivray from the Ballarat and District Suicide Prevention Network Inc explained the corner stone of the network on Wednesday 30th January 2019.

Formed in 2011 the network attempted to tackle suicide prevention from a number of  but soon realised they were spread too thin. They have now adopted education as their corner stone program.

The 'Safe Talk' awareness program informs participants the basic of talking with a suicidal person with a view to defusing the immediate situation. 150 people participated in the program last year.

World Suicide Prevention Day is held the on the first Saturday in September. Ballarat organises an 'Out of the Shadows' walk around the Botanic Gardens.

Fundraising comes in the form of 'Beat N the Blues' a fun dance and auction night.