Grapevine Group Assoc Inc is a locally founded volunteer group who raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention in the Mackay region. We also work to remove the stigma for mental illness.

Grapevine Group relies entirely on community support and has operated since 2004.

We are a member and support; Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), Mackay Regional Mental Health Network (MRMHN) and Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network (MRSPN).


The Philosophy

Due to needed restrictions in the media too many people will hear of a tragedy along the ‘gossip grapevine’ and not of the resources available to them. Grapevine Group intends to change that!

Grapevine promotes the resources that are available by drawing attention to the issue in a very positive light.

YIRS One Stop Youth Shop Inc.

Since December 2010 Grapevine Group has established joint suicide-prevention projects with YIRS One Stop Youth Shop Inc.

This association has broadened Grapevine’s reach by allowing the group to connect with a proactive community resource in Mackay’s CBD.

Not only do YIRS auspice Grapevine Group they provide free support and advisory services to youths under 25 years and to their families.

As YIRS has tax deductible gift receipt status donations toward Grapevine Group of over $2 are tax deductible.

Our Achievements

Local Suicide Prevention Training 

We are a volunteer organisation that has operated for the past 14 years, and are dedicated to supporting local suicide prevention projects having funded Mackay Region locals through LivingWorks suicide awareness and intervention training. We have trained thousands in the community through safeTALK and trained police officers, high school teachers, front line youth workers and key members of the local workforce and volunteer and sporting groups through 2 day LivingWorks ASIST suicide intervention training.

Local trainers also present free safeTALK suicide alertness training to anyone in the Mackay region. This training is available to both individuals and groups. We urge local businesses, and sports and community organisations to have their staff and volunteers trained to identify someone at risk, talk to them correctly and then link them with resources.

In 2005 Grapevine compiled a comprehensive online list of local suicide-prevention resources and maintain it with the assistance of Queensland Health.

Since 2009 we have printed and distributed Help-a-mate suicide prevention resource list cards at local events, to local businesses, clubs and organizations. A significant achievement of this effort is that these cards are now being used by the region’s emergency services such as GPs, ambulance, police and hospital emergency departments.


  • 2017 National Suicide Prevention Australia Individual LiFE Award (Community Engagement) presented to Grapevine Group Founder, Debbie Knight
  • 2011 PANPA Newspaper National Advertising Campaign Nominee for the “12 days of Suicide Prevention for Christmas advertising campaign”
  • 2005 Art’Is’In Regional Art Awards
    “Best Group Of Volunteers Achievement Award”
  • 2005 Art’Is’In Regional Art Awards
    “Best Media Coverage”