The Collaborative was established in 2015 to tackle the Illawarra’s high rates of suicide. It consists of representatives from more than 40 organisations, as well as lived experience advocates. The hope is that by joining forces less people will fall through the cracks.
Having lost her husband to suicide in 2013, Jodi became involved with The Collaborative with the specific goal of improving resources for families who have lost a loved one. Supports for children are particularly lacking.
As part of her work with the group Jodi helped create a series of videos wherein those with lived experience shared their experiences of grief and recovery. Jodi helped raise funding with support from One Door and to coordinate the filming process.
The videos now form part of the support after suicide website also developed by the group. Through the site individuals can access resources and supports following bereavement.
Thrive Executive remains an active supporter of Suicide Postvention and Prevention efforts.