IRIS FOUNDATION

Fostering HOPERESILIENCE and CONNECTIONS to reduce the risk of suicide

Iris Foundation works primarily on the Central Coast of New South Wales to help reduce the risk of suicide by facilitating and supporting awareness campaigns, programs and partnerships which enhance community connectedness and well-being.

Who Are We?

Established in 2006, we are a grassroots charity specifically dedicated to the needs of our rapidly growing local community.

We are confident that by working together across businesses, community groups and with individuals, we can strengthen our community, better identify and support people in distress, and save lives.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to prevent suicide on the Central Coast.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to foster resilience, hope and connections in our community to reduce the risk of suicide

Primary Prevention of Suicide

Iris Foundation’s work is focused in the area of primary prevention of suicide, mitigating problems before they escalate.
We are dedicated to enhancing each and every person’s ability to survive and thrive.

Events

Raw Challenge Doyalson

 

Saturday 23rd March
2024

Looking for a fun way to support Iris Foundation?

Volunteer as an event helper for Raw Challenge

Saturday 23rd March 2024

Bonus – Free Volunteer run

If you have some time to give, please email Sue at enquiries@irisfoundation.org.au

Mental Health First Aid 8 August 2023

Resilience First aid Starter Training

Monday 25th March 
12pm – 2pm

Discover Connected Resilience with RFAST’s transformative 2-hour
workshop, designed to equip you with essential tools and strategies
for fostering mental well-being in yourself and others.

$145 Per Person

Registrations Close 19th March 2024

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Resilience First Aid 1 August 2023

Mental Health First Aid Course

 

Wednesday 1st May &Wednesday 8th May 2024
9:15am – 4pm

The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

$375 Per Person

Registrations Close 24th April 2024

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Resilience First Aid 1 August 2023

Resilience First AID Blended Course

 

Monday 6th May &Monday 20th May 2024
12pm

RFA is a high-impact course that teaches you practical skills alongside the latest neuroscience of preventative mental health.

$575 Per Person

Registrations Close 30th April 2024

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Mental Health First Aid 8 August 2023

Resilience First aid Starter Training

Tuesday 16th March 
9:30am – 11:30am

Discover Connected Resilience with RFAST’s transformative 2-hour
workshop, designed to equip you with essential tools and strategies
for fostering mental well-being in yourself and others.

$145 Per Person

Registrations Close 13th May 2024

BOOK NOW

Resilience First Aid 1 August 2023

Resilience First AID Face-to-Face Course

 

Monday 3rd June &Tuesday 4th June 2024
9am – 4pm

RFA is a high-impact course that teaches you practical skills alongside the latest neuroscience of preventative mental health.

$575 Per Person

Registrations Close 20th May 2024

BOOK NOW

Resilience First Aid 1 August 2023

Mental Health First Aid Course

 

Wednesday 12th June &Wednesday 19th June 2024
9:15am – 4pm

The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

$375 Per Person

Registrations Close 5th June 2024

BOOK NOW

Our Programs, Workshops & Training

Iris Foundation facilitates a number of programs and workshops to provide education and resources to support mental health and resilience.

Reframing Resilience

Resilience is an important mechanism in helping us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods, and can help to protect us from the development of mental distress.

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Connections in School Programs

Cool Connections is a well-being program for students 9 – 14 years of age that helps participants develop their personal strengths and better manage their mental health.

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Connections 2×2 Resilience Workshops

To help address those in need of additional support, Iris Foundation has developed Connections 2×2 Resilience Workshops for parents, teachers and community organisations.

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Our Projects

Click on project image to learn more

Community & Women’s Business Network

Community and Business Women’s Network (CBWN) was founded in 2018 with a straightforward purpose – to connect women on the Central Coast.

Click here to go to cbwn.org.au

Because We Care Boutique

A service focused on supporting women who have, or are facing, adversity and are seeking to improve their lives and build their personal resilience.

 

 

Click here to go to becausewecareboutique.com

Tree of Dreams

The Tree of Dreams® is an annual campaign to raise awareness of suicide prevention on the Central Coast. The campaign works towards heightening awareness of the impact of suicide, and increasing conversations about preventing suicide.

 

Click here to go to treeofdreams.org.au

Community & Business Women's Network

Community and Business Women’s Network (CBWN) was founded in 2018 with a straightforward purose – to connect women on the Central Coast.

Click here to go to cbwn.org.au

Because We Care Boutique

A service focused on supporting women who have, or are facing adversity and are seeking to improve their lives and build their personal resilience.

Click here to go to becausewecareboutique.com

Tree of Dreams

The Tree of Dreams® is an annual campaign to raise awareness of suicide prevention on the Central Coast. The campaign works towards heightening awareness of the impact of suicide, and increasing conversations about preventing suicide.

Click here to go to treeofdreams.org.au

How You Can Help

Iris Foundation recognises the strength in us all and is dedicated to creating positive differences in our community. Your contribution gives Iris Foundation the funding and support needed to fulfill our mission to reduce the risk of suicide in our community.

Donate

Donations enable us to do what we do best – fostering resilience, hope and connections in the community. 

Corporate Support

Our corporate supporters are invaluable to help us drive change. Sponsorships are available at varying levels to suit any business.

Fundraising

Host a fundraiser or charity event. We welcome your ideas and support – from the classic mufti day gold coin donations to a group event. 

Volunteer

Volunteer your time or expertise to assist with admin, fundraising, events and more.

Supporting Local Programs

Need Help?

Iris Foundation is dedicated to primary prevention of suicide. We don’t provide clinical services for people in crisis.

If you or someone you know requires urgent assistance, please click the link below to view services you can contact.

Latest News & Updates

Programs & Workshops CONNECTIONS IN SCHOOL

Certified Responders RESILIENCE FIRST AID

Women Supported BECAUSE WE CARE BOUTIQUE

Members Welcomed CBWN WOMEN'S NETWORK

Iris Foundation Year in Review 2022

Iris Foundation Year in Review 2022

Here is a review of Iris activities for the past year. Iris Foundation is proud to present our annual report for 2022. This report provides an overview of our activities and accomplishments during 2022 and is a reflection of all the hard work and dedication that our...

Debbie Gaunt Foundation Update

Debbie Gaunt Foundation Update

Founder, Craig Gaunt, attended the official opening of the new centre for Women's Mental Health in Melbourne October 2022: HER Centre Australia - Health, Education, Research. The Centre puts into practice already well developed world-first treatments and approaches...

Reframing Resilience

Reframing Resilience

Shifting Gears Wyong Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank has approved grant funding in support of young people aged 18 – 24 years to learn critical life skills at an early age. Through development of our Reframing Resilience project, the Shifting Gears initiative...

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We had such a fun day at the Norah Head Sporties Charity Kombi Event recently. The Kombi Kindness shone through raising nearly $4000.00 for our service!!!!!. Beautiful photos by Mel of Majic Moments Photography. Our hearts are full🙏💜 ... See MoreSee Less

We had such a fun day at the Norah Head Sporties Charity Kombi Event recently. The Kombi Kindness shone through raising nearly $4000.00 for our service!!!!!. Beautiful photos by Mel of Majic Moments Photography. Our hearts are full🙏💜Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Looks amazing! Well done! Next year please consider scheduling it on a separate day from Love Lanes as we want to go to both events ❤️❤️

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A fabulous fun day and plenty of photos to remind us. We love kombis !

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Love Kombis tooooooo!!!

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📌VOLUNTEERS NEEDED💜
We are looking for volunteers to help with an event on Saturday 23rd March – Raw Challenge at Doyalson.
We provide 35 volunteers on the day to look after registration, bag check in and on field supervision. In return we receive a donation to support our resilience-based programs in primary schools.

Volunteers are required from 6.45am through to approx. 1.30pm. All volunteers also receive a free Raw Challenge run at the end of the day – lots of muddy fun! If you can assist please email Sue Liptrott: sue@irisfoundation.org.au 🙏💜
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📌VOLUNTEERS NEEDED💜
We are looking for volunteers to help with an event on Saturday 23rd March – Raw Challenge at Doyalson.
We provide 35 volunteers on the day to look after registration, bag check in and on field supervision. In return we receive a donation to support our resilience-based programs in primary schools.
 
Volunteers are required from 6.45am through to approx. 1.30pm. All volunteers also receive a free Raw Challenge run at the end of the day – lots of muddy fun! If you can assist please email Sue Liptrott: sue@irisfoundation.org.au 🙏💜Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

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I fly out of the country that day otherwise I would have helped. I'll ask my friends as some are participating. Thankyou for your work!

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Great night!

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Surfing the energies and trusting in your path is very important. Learn the lessons and grow on the journey.

So go with the flow…

I’m in the flow - I am, I am!

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Our fantastic Men’s Advisory Committee (MAC), ready for the weekend after Mental Health First Aid training on Friday. Well done!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Our fantastic Men’s Advisory Committee (MAC), ready for the weekend after  Mental Health First Aid training on Friday. Well done!!!

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The big MAC!!

Thankyou for your work guys! 💖

Looks like a 90s boy band.

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