SOS & Other Events

Lost a Loved One to Suicide?

Bereavement Support

We hold monthly bereavement support groups. These meetings are informal, confidential and non-judgemental, providing attendees with the opportunity to meet others who have been affected by suicide.


SOS Ballarat meet on the 4th Monday of each month from 8:00pm  to 9.00pm

Location:  Front Pod, Eastwood Leisure Centre, 20 Eastwood Street, Ballarat

Contact Kristy Steenhuis: 0481 994 778 


Mental Health & bereavement Support meetings
Newhaven Tourist Information Centre
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.

Personalised individual contact also available:
Tanya Mobile 0411 154 839
Koula 0414 773 191


8th September

The 10th of September each year marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

In 1995, much-loved Barry Larkin was far from ok. His suicide left family and friends in deep grief and with endless questions.

In 2009, his son Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and to try and protect other families from the pain his endured.

Are you ok?

While collaborating with Janina Nearn on a documentary to raise awareness, the team quickly realized the documentary alone wouldn't be enough.

To genuinely change behaviour Australia-wide, a national campaign was needed. And from this realisation, and with Gavin and Janina’s expertise and passion, R U OK? was born.

Gavin remained a passionate champion of the fact a conversation could change a life, even as cancer ended his in 2011.

His and Janina’s legacy is ensuring all Australians realise a little question can make a big difference to those people struggling with life.

See the RUOK website for more information:



World Suicide Prevention Day

10th September

The 10th of September each year marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

The aim is to speak up to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide prevention safely. It is about standing up to make a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. It is about being self informed and aware of support and services available to all those touched by suicide and those building a resilient community to prevent suicide.

SOS holds activities on World Suicide Prevention Day.

SOS National White Wreath Day

National White Wreath Day

29th May

National White Wreath Day is held annually on the 29th of May around Australia.

National White Wreath Day, in remembrance of people who die by suicide, was founded by Fanita Clark, with the White Wreath Association Ltd organising a National Suicide Remembrance Day each year.

The public encouraged to lay photographs, flowers, wreaths, poems and sentimental memorabilia for those lost to suicide.

SOS organises White Wreath Day in Ballarat. 

Here are the details for 2016:
Sturt Street, Ballarat – outside the Town Hall
Live Music: 11.00am – 3.00pm
Memorial Service: 12.30pm – 1.30pm 

Beautiful old lady leaning on husbands shoulder in grief
Man comforting his sad mourning friend
father's hand lead his child son in summer forest nature outdoor

Ballarat & District Suicide Prevention Network

SOS participates in this network which is a not-for-profit, community-driven Incorporated Association committed to opening up the conversation about suicide, reducing stigma surrounding suicide and increasing access to suicide prevention services.

The network comprises community, government and service providers who all share a common aim – the prevention of suicide in our community.   The network meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Contact us to find out more.

Find out more at: