PROJECTS & events


reflecting on
our past

Since our inception in 2013, we have been involved in many projects and events within the Whyalla community, Eyre Peninsula and nationally.

See below!

Worlds Biggest Comic

The World’s Biggest Comic (WBC) is an initiative of the Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network Inc. that commenced in July 2018. The project was funded by Country SA Primary Health Network under the National Suicide Prevention Trial, the South Australian Office of the Chief Psychiatrist under the SA Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme and the Whyalla City Council.

The World’s Biggest Comic is a highly innovative, large scale public art project designed to tell a compelling original story that promotes the importance of mental health and the five ways to wellbeing. Through inclusive and participatory community development practice, we have engaged a group of local creative minded people to write, illustrate and produce a significant piece of sequential narrative art – a work unique to South Australia that generated regional interest while inspiring deep thought, meaningful conversations, and a connection to time and place.

The concept involves the design of large comic panels – comprising of 600 square meters of art work printed on vinyl canvas and mounted on local buildings and infrastructure across the Whyalla area. The project featured the work of 46 local artists from diverse backgrounds in over 15 locations, with support from 26 local businesses and organisations.

The non-permanent nature of the installation also creates the potential for this project to be exhibited in different regions across the state. This project was underpinned by the ‘five ways to wellbeing principles’.

Our network also supported and supervised a Masters Social Work Student who through their 3 month placement helped to evaluate this project.

First Responders Dinner

The First Responders project focussed on those who protect, defend and care for us in our communities with recognition that the jobs they undertake leave a residue that can lead to challenges with mental health and wellbeing. The project consisted of 3 key activities; Helping the Helpers short films, exclusive first responders’ dinner with lived experience guest speakers and the opportunity to undertake free safeTALK suicide alertness training.

Past Community Engagement and Awareness Raising Initiatives


whyalla wellness weekend

International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Event, hosted by StandBy Support After Suicide, supported by WSPN

Roses in the Ocean Event

Ruok? day

Mentally Fit EP 3 C’s Conference – Online delivery of Part 2: Introduction to Grant Writing


Mentally Fit EP 3 C’s Conference – Part 1: Introduction to Grant Writing
Whyalla Wellness & Well-being Expo at Kayoga

lets chalk about it

International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day Event, hosted by StandBy Support After Suicide, supported by WSPN
Roses in the Ocean Event

ruok day

Suicide Prevention Australia Virtual Conference – First Responders Project Presentation


first responders project

lets chalk about it

Beyond Bank Double Donation Day

Roses in the Ocean Event


Whyalla Unearth Festival
INATT Mask Off Project funded by Ski For Life, Supported by WSPN
Roses in the Ocean Event
Suicide Prevention Australia Conference – Melbourne – Worlds Biggest Comic Book Project Presentation


Tread Together for Suicide Prevention hosted by Anytime Fitness Whyalla
Rural Men’s Heath Forum, hosted by WSPN & INATT, supported by Office Chief Psychiatrist
WSPN Community awareness forum the movie ‘Ripple Effect’
Look Good Feel Good program for the young women in their program run by Beginnings Group, supported by WSPN
National Suicide Prevention Australian Conference – Adelaide
Roses in the Ocean Event


First World Suicide Prevention Day walk
WSPN Community Forum – ‘Cyber Safety Solutions’ for Mums, Dads and Kids with world expert Susan McLean.

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Supported by WSPN, delivered by Mates In Construction


Stand Up for Mental Health with international MH Advocate David Grainier
First Community Gate Keeper Suicide Prevention training with Salvation Army facilitators
Creating Connected Communities, with Nicole Gibson, Australia’s youngest Commissioner for Mental Health supported by Whyalla City Council
Community “ICE Forum” organised by Ripples Group & Whyalla City Council, supported by WSPN


YTAP Ball, sponsored by WSPN
Men’s Mental Health Workshop with Aims – Australian Institute of Men’s Health


Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network was established by founding members.