• “Communities like this lead the world in their awareness around mental health problems but, more importantly, in their willingness to come out in these kind of conditions and be together…It’s not so easy to come together in adversity”

    Professor Ian Hickie at Winter Solstice 2016

Our Story

The Winter Solstice was started in 2013 by the founders of Survivors of Suicide and Friends, Annette and Stuart Baker. Survivors of Suicide and Friends is an Albury based organisation whose aim is to bring the subject of suicide and mental illness into the public forum to be addressed without shame or stigma. The Winter Solstice is an opportunity for communities to gather on the longest (and often coldest) night of the year to be entertained, enlightened and supported.

Over 1000 people attended the first event in Albury where it has been embraced by the local community. The event has gone on to achieve recognition and support beyond the region attracting guest speakers such as 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry (AO), inaugural CEO of beyondblue Professor Ian Hickie (AM), prominent Indigenous journalist Stan Grant, 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, cancer campaigner Samuel Johnson (OAM) and Walkley Award-winning MeToo campaigner Tracey Spicer (AM). 

Why Is Winter Solstice Important?

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