Congratulations to all our Peer Group Facilitators who completed their education program last week and are now ready to facilitate our Suicide Awareness and Prevention Peer Support Groups. Eight people underwent a comprehensive program to gain the confidence and skills to facilitate these groups.

The program included topics such as Sharing your Lived Experience, Group Facilitation Skills, Conducting Effective Meetings, and What to do When Things Don’t Go to Plan.

The Suicide Awareness and Prevention Peer Support Groups will run as closed and confidential groups over the next three months, supported by the new Peer Group Facilitators who have their own experiences living with mental health issues and suicidal crisis. Each group will be a culturally safe and trauma-informed space where conversations on suicidality can be explored in a non-clinical environment.

If you would like to participate in one of these groups, they will start soon and run in Goulburn, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Newcastle and the Inner West.

Find more or register your interest in joining a group here

Meet Peer Group Facilitator Joy

Peer Group Facilitator Joy completed her education program in January and is ready to work with one of the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Peer Support Groups in Sydney. Joy said the program was both challenging and rewarding. “In my heart and soul I’ve always been interested in helping people, in particular people with suicidality and suicidal ideation,” Joy said. “Becoming a Peer Facilitator is not something I’ve done before. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to work in this space. Go for it!”

Need help now? Crisis services are available: Lifeline 13 11 14    Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Watch Joy’s video here