About the Program


The Grit and Resilience Program came about after the Rural City of Wangaratta and community rallied in 2018 to address mental health and suicide in the municipality.  

Coordinated by the Rural City of Wangaratta, the Program is guided by a consortium of agencies along with four community partners.  

The Program follows the collective impact model and takes a community-driven approach to better address and improve mental health and wellbeing and support for those affected by suicide in the Wangaratta municipality.  

Within the Program there are three priority areas, two of which were directly nominated by community. These priorities are:  

  • Creating connections – improving opportunities for people to connect.  

  • Including and involving – promoting inclusion.  

  • Postvention - promoting a change in community attitudes and in the response of services before and after a death by suicide within our community.  

Each priority area is supported by an Action Plan that was developed following community consultation which shaped the activities included within.  

Creating Connections Action Plan

The Creating Connections Action Plan includes activities that will help to encourage and embed connectedness within our communities. The Action Plan is available to view in multiple formats below. 

Creating-Connections-Community-Action-Plan-2021.pdf(PDF, 532KB)

Creating-Connections-Action-Plan-Easy-English-Version.pdf(PDF, 910KB)

Creating Connections Action Plan Video Overview


Including and Involving Action Plan

This Action Plan includes Activities to promote inclusion across the municipality, increase shared understanding and support accessibility in all that we undertake. The Action Plan is available to view in multiple formats below. 

Including-and-Involving-Community-Action-Plan-2021.pdf(PDF, 579KB)

Including-and-Involving-Action-Plan-Easy-English-Version.pdf(PDF, 911KB)

Including and Involving Action Plan Video Overview

Postvention Action Plan

The Postvention working group will work alongside Community in the hope of strengthening community support for positive mental health and wellbeing, along with positively influencing attitudes of mental health and those affected by suicide. The Action Plan is available to view in multiple formats below.

Postvention-Community-Action-Plan-2021.pdf(PDF, 579KB)

Postvention-Action-Plan-Easy-English-Version.pdf(PDF, 759KB)

Postvention Action Plan Video Overview



How We Work

The Grit and Resilience Program operates under a community engagement framework called the Heart Framework which was designed specifically for the Program.

The Framework outlines how the Grit and Resilience Program team connects and works with the community in delivering the Program, it was presented to the community in November 2020. 

Watch the Video

The Framework was revised in September 2022 with a second chapter endorsed by the Program Consortium. 

How to Get Involved


You can join an existing activity - look at the ‘What’s on' page for activities currently underway or at the Action Plans (above) for a broader look at the types of activities we are working on.  

Or, if you can’t see something that suits you and you would like to start your own activity to support social connection and inclusion in your community, and to promote positive mental health, contact us for a chat about how we can help.  

Contact the Grit and Resilience team at gritandresilience@wangaratta.vic.gov.au, we would love to hear from you!


Business Collaboration

Are you a business, organisation or community group that would like to collaborate with us to change attitudes to mental health, including those affected by suicide? Let's talk!

Email gritandresilience@wangaratta.vic.gov.au or phone 03 5722 0888