Calendar aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

By Simon Ruppert

Benalla was the backdrop for a unique calendar photo shoot this week.

The 2020 Connect Benalla calendar is being produced as part of Murray PHN’s place-based suicide prevention trial.

The calendar, which will be distributed across Benalla later this year, aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention, provide individuals with support services and information, and strengthen community connection.

The Community Connections Exhibition

Benalla artist Chris Thorne created this painting which is one of two he has hanging in the Benalla Library as part of the Community Connections Exhibition. The idea of which is to provide people with ways to seek help if they are struggling with suicidal thoughts.

This new resource has been developed with community input throughout the planning process.

A number of locals have been photographed for the calendar, including freestyle scooter rider Mitch Young.

In 2018 Mitch won the Australian Scooter Association’s open division Victorian title and ranked second nationally in the open category in Sydney.

Focus on community resilience

Murray PHN suicide prevention coordinator Bek Nash-Webster said creating the calendar had been a great opportunity to engage community members as part of the change to reduce suicide prevention.

"The calendar has been in development since October 2018 and we've had the opportunity to engage the community and continue the conversation about suicide prevention,” Ms Nash-Webster said.

“We are excited to see the calendar come together and look forward to sharing it with the community.”

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Bek Nash-Webster