About Us

Guided by lived experience at both governance and operational levels Suicide Prevention Pathways Inc. (SPP) specialises in delivering services and programs to raise awareness of suicide in our communities through individualised coaching, mentoring, training and education.

SPP specialises in providing care and support to those at risk of suicide aged 15 years and over and their support networks. SPP’s Talk Suicide Support Service delivers face-to-face outreach support throughout Brisbane and surrounding areas, and extends its reach via telephone, web chat, and video platforms.

SPP’s secret ingredient is active collaboration. We collaborate with community service providers, hospital and health services, medical professionals and various members of the community to provide comprehensive wrap around care and support for those at risk of suicide and their support networks.

Who We Are

Suicide Prevention Pathways Inc. (SPP) is a not-for-profit community organisation that has been transforming the lives of people at risk of suicide since 2007.

SPP consists of a group of dedicated individuals who have been touched by suicide in various ways. It is a tragedy that affects many.

Our Committee

Peter Annand
President
About Person
Peter is an experienced company director, having served on the boards of Sunsuper, Medibank Private, Port of Brisbane Corporation, Suncorp Insurance and Finance and as deputy commissioner of the prudential regulator of private health insurance. He worked as an investment banker in London, Hong Kong and Australia. In the not-for-profit sector he has served on the senate of the University of Queensland and boards and committees of numerous organisations in the health, arts and industry sectors
Stephen Abbott
Treasurer
About Person
Steve is a Partner of KPMG Australia, and has over 23 years’ experience providing taxation, accounting and advisory services to a variety of clients in Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts, a Registered Tax Agent, a Registered Migration Agent and Authorised Representative of KPMG Superannuation Services Pty Ltd. Steve specialises in working with inwardly investing overseas companies, privately owned domestic companies and high net worth individuals.
Penny Vandeleur
Secretary
About Person
Penny originally joined CAPS ( Community Action for Prevention of Suicide) now Suicide Prevention Pathways at its’ founding in 2002. She held the secretarial position for 10 years and recently re joined SPP Committee as Secretary.
She has recently retired from a full time career as a teacher.

“I lost a younger sister and brother to suicide. Nicola was 26 and Adam was 34. Very soon after Adam’s death I joined CAPS to what I could to ensure others with suicide ideation could access the support they needed to survive and also for their family to have the support they needed to assist them effectively. It gives me enormous satisfaction that 18 years on this has become a very impressive, practical and useful organisation in the field of suicide prevention.
Bronwyn Harris, B.Com CPA
Assistant Treasurer
About Person
Bron is Financial Controller at Morgans Financial Limited, with over 20 years’ experience in Financial Accounting. Bron has spent the majority of her working career leading and mentoring Finance teams, helping individuals achieve their career and personal goals through continual education and support. Bron is committed to supporting SPP’s mission and the work the dedicated team provide every day.
Richard Roberts, B.Com LLB
Founder, Committee Member
About Person
As the founding President of Suicide Prevention Pathways (formerly CAPS Inc), Richard has extensive business and financing experience as well as a widespread involvement in a range of community activities. He only recently retired as Director of Infrastructure Investments at the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST) which involved extensive corporate governance roles. His other current community activities include as a Board and Audit Committee Member of a Community Housing Association and a Nursing Home respectively.

“We lost our beloved daughter, Susannah, through suicide when she was 15 years old. Susannah became deeply depressed and gave indications of suicide ideation prior to her death. I am passionate in wanting to ensure that many more of our loved ones who suffer similar or other circumstances to Susannah can survive to lead a full life.”
– Richard Roberts
Rachel Watson, BSW
Committee Member
About Person
Rachel is passionate about working on projects that deliver change, provide an experience and build on what has come before. Rachel works with people and agencies to search for solutions that will make a difference. Rachel has experience in navigating systems and processes from 28 years of working in the community services sector across local, state, commonwealth and NFP sectors including lived experience in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Our Vision

Supported Communities

We hope for a world in which human potential is no longer wasted due to suicide and communities are able to provide adequate support systems and treatment to those with suicidal ideation.

Our Mission

Awareness, Education and Support

Our aim is to reduce the prevalence of suicide in communities by offering programs and services that educate, raise awareness and above all provide emotional and practical support to those at risk of suicide and their family and friends.

Our goal is to help individuals find strength in their ability to cope, to improve their emotional well-being and build resilience in order to manage the challenges that life presents.

The Team

Shana Challenor, Bsc.Psych(Hons); CertIVCoun; CertIVMH; CertIVTA; Meditation Practitioner
Chief Executive Officer
About Person
With over 10 years experience working in community services specialising in mental health and suicide prevention, intervention and education, Shana aims to support those at risk, raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in communities and empower individuals through education to recognise signs and help those at risk.
Inga Dennett, DipCoun; CertIV Youth Work; Meditation Practitioner
Support Coach & Mentor
About Person
Inga has worked in the community services sector for the past 12 years specialising in Disability, Youth Work and Mental Health. Inga had extensive experience in counselling, education and supporting high needs clients. Inga is dedicated to supporting individuals overcome barriers and helping them build resilience and confidence for the future.
Mandi Sinclair, CertIVMH; CertIVCoun; DipCrmJust
Support Coach & Mentor
About Person
Mandi has been the Youth Project Coordinator at SPP Inc. since July 2016, with 13 years’ experience of working across the mental health sector through her previous roles with a focus and passion in Youth Work, Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health, specializing in case management, counselling and supporting individuals with high needs. Mandi has a passion of working with people and supporting the human spirit to shine and overcome barriers.
Fiona McKean, BCoun; Meditation Practitioner
Support Coach & Mentor
About Person
Fiona has been a Client Support Worker at SPP Inc. since April 2016. Fiona is known for a warm, relaxed and comfortable approach to working with people. Her approach involves genuine caring, acceptance, and non-judgment. Fiona has a bachelor of Counselling and previously enjoyed working with children and young people in a Young Peoples Grief and Loss Counselling Centre. Fiona has a passion for helping others re-discover meaning and purpose in life, while teaching skills that will assist them to use their own unique internal navigation system to journey through life

Our Values

Compassion for others
Excellence in providing services
Collaboration to find strength in numbers
Integrity in all we do
Care without constraints
Innovation in how we provide support
Openness without judgement

Our Objectives

  • Provide programs and services that provide support, educate and raise awareness
  • Raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide throughout
  • Provide emotional and practical support to those at risk of suicide, their family and friends in order to reduce risk factors, enhance protective factors and to reduce the pressure often associated with suicidal ideation and behaviour
  • Implement researched and evaluated suicide prevention education and training programs to the greater community in order to empower individuals with knowledge and skills to enable them to support someone at risk of suicide
  • Provide a collaborative response to suicide prevention and intervention
  • Link people with services and supports to meet their needs
  • Build relationship with stakeholders within the community to create a network of support for those at risk
  • Provide services that are delivered effectively, efficiently and conform to ethical and legal requirements
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