Hearts in the Park was held on 23 October, 2021. Members from the Southern Highlands Suicide Prevention Program (SHSPP) placed 1600 hand cut hearts throughout Corbett Gardens to remember the 3,139 Australians lost to suicide during 2020. The purpose is to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma associated with suicide and mental health issues.

The SHSPP was established in 2002 as a response to suicides in the region in the 1990s and 2000s. The group is made up of local community services and volunteers. The group’s core focus is suicide prevention, as well as providing support to those that have lost a loved one to suicide or have attempted suicide and survived. 

Hearts in the Park was well supported by the community, with people coming to visit and walk through the gardens over the weekend. Family members were able to leave messages on the hearts. Volunteers, local schools and youth groups helped cut out and decorate the hearts. The Moss Vale CWA Evening Group yarn bombed the park in support of SHSPP.

Hearts in the Park will be an annual event.

If you or a loved one need support, please contact Southern Highlands Suicide Prevention Program by emailing [email protected] or messaging the Facebook page or in a crisis call Lifeline - 13 11 14.