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

#Giving Tuesday

Thank you to everyone who gives time and money to Iris Foundation! Click on the image to support the important (often invisible) work that makes our programs and community activities possible.

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.

Support 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.

Iris wins #GreaterCentralCoast community funding

Iris Foundation is thrilled to have taken out the November round of Greater Bank’s #GreaterCentralCoast community funding program. For winning the November community vote, Iris Foundation will receive $2,000, which will help to cover essential operational costs,...

Iris moving forward with fresh initiatives

In response to sustained increases in demand for services, stakeholders including governments, schools, community organisations and their funding bodies have been more open to different ideas than ever before.

Debbie Gaunt Foundation launched

Iris is proud to support a new local charity, the Debbie Gaunt Foundation – launched on World Mental Health Day, October 10.

A Good Time to Ask: R U OK?

10th September – World Suicide Prevention Day. For organisations like Iris Foundation that are working to reduce the risk of suicide in our community, September 10 is an important date.

Iris connecting people – from a safe distance

Part of Iris Foundation’s mission is to foster connections – a challenging prospect in a socially distanced world. Our most recent activities, including our in-school programs, our Tree of Dreams campaign and our second annual resilience awards ceremony, have been...

CBWN Resilience Awards recognise local strength

The second annual CBWN Women’s Resilience Awards were celebrated at a gala luncheon at The Ary, Toukley on August 19. Generously sponsored by Central Coast Unity Bank, the awards were created to celebrate local women who have displayed extraordinary resilience to...

Connections 2×2 Workshops in primary, high schools this term

Though official data is some way off, there is little doubt that anxiety and social isolation have spiked during the current public health crisis. To help mitigate the impact on mental health, Iris Foundation has developed a new Connections 2×2 Workshop for students...

Iris Foundation programs and awards returning

As life cautiously shifts a little towards normal, we are so pleased to have the opportunity to return to schools with our Cool Connections program. The program is based on resilience and connections, attributes that are more important than ever in today's challenges....

First Connections 2×2 Workshops held

Though official data is some way off, there is little doubt among those on the front-line that anxiety and depression have spiked during the current public health crisis. To help mitigate the impact on mental health, Iris Foundation has adapted its Connections...

Cool Connections successfully piloted online

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on Iris Foundation’s work to promote hope, resilience and connections in the Central Coast community. Mandatory closures brought an immediate halt to our Cool Connections program running in local primary schools during...

We would like to thank our major supporters: