Fostering HOPE, RESILIENCE and CONNECTIONS to reduce the risk of suicide

Share a Box of Hope

Looking for a simple, unique way to let someone know they’re important to you? A Box of Hope can show them you care – and start a conversation.

CBWN events

CBWN has more events in store when COVID-19 restrictions ease. Click here for more information and bookings.


Regretfully we have cancelled Iris Foundation’s  Birthday celebrations on 10 August.

The current lockdown and inevitable restrictions that will ensue, give too much uncertainty to how the event can proceed.

We will look to finding a date later in the year.

Help improve women’s mental health

Click on the image to find out more about the Debbie Gaunt Foundation, a new local organisation working to raise funds to improve mental health outcomes for middle-aged women.

QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer

Learn how to save a life. Free online training. Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.

Need help urgently?

Click on the red cross to find mental health crisis support for yourself or someone you care about.

Touch Points: 22 July, 2021

Choose kindness It is easy to become attached to being 'right', especially in stressful circumstances. Yet choosing to speak kindly and give other people the benefit of the doubt is one of the easiest ways to connect and diffuse tension. You never know the positive...

Touch Points: 8 July, 2021

Don't paint over the cracks The return of lockdowns has also meant an uptick in uncertainty and anxiety for many, especially young people. It's healthy and important to acknowledge the disappointment of holidays, paid work and other opportunities being missed. To...

Iris Foundation approaching our 15th anniversary

We think it's worth celebrating - 15 years of supporting our Central Coast community to help reduce the risk of suicide. Founded by Bev Baldwin and Dawn Hooper in 2006, Iris Foundation has grown from a small-scale fundraiser to become an organisation that supports a...

Touch Points: 24 June, 2021

Knowledge is power Knowledge, whether it comes from formal education or life experience, is something that can never be taken away. It accumulates and expands over a lifetime to become a rich source of personal growth and satisfaction. Being open to new ideas and...

Brisbane Water Rotary offers a $2,000 boost

Iris Foundation was the grateful recipient of a cheque for $2,000 at Brisbane Water Rotary’s gala presentation evening on June 3.

Touch Points: 10 June, 2021

Grief has no timeline   The popular narrative that grief shrinks over time - that it is something we need to 'get over' as soon as possible - often bears little resemblance to the lived reality of those experiencing it. Processing significant loss is a...

Touch Points: 27 May, 2021

Let go of 'people pleasing'  A underlying cause of anxiety for many people, particularly women, is trying to meet everyone else's needs. It's a sure way to feel exhausted, devalued and, eventually, resentful. Breaking the habit of saying 'yes' to things you don't have...

Breakers helps Debbie Gaunt Foundation raise funds for doctor training

A golf day hosted by Breakers Country Club on May 14 has raised more than $11,000 to help train doctors to better recognise the mental health impacts of perimenopause on women.

Touch Points: 20 May, 2021

Take time for a reality check   Adults are routinely pressured to have their lives in manageable order, to have all the answers and to make the right choice every time. Such unrealistic expectations often lead to unnecessary stress, anxiety and conflict. Try to...

Iris fundraiser at La Carta – bellissimo!

Long-time Iris Foundation supporters Robert and Silvava Natoli have spoiled us once again with a home-made Italian fundraising feast!

We would like to thank our major supporters: