About the Program

The BEING Suicide Support and Awareness Program was a Peer Support Group program co-designed by, with and for people living with mental health issues and suicidal crisis and/or thoughts across NSW.

This was initially funded as a pilot program by NSW Health as part of the Towards Zero Suicides initiative. We would like to thank NSW Health for their generosity and recognition of the power that peer support offers people who live with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts.

The Peer Support Groups provided a confidential space for people to feel safe in sharing with peers their experiences with mental health issues and suicidal crisis, and gain strategies, support, and ideas for working through a suicidal crisis with support from experienced facilitators who have ‘been there and get it’.  All groups were founded on recovery-oriented and trauma-informed practices and were culturally safe spaces to share the diversity of people’s experiences.

Each week participants had the opportunity to explore different themes, guided by group facilitators who brought their own experiences of living with mental health issues and suicidal crisis and/or thoughts. Some of the topics discussed included facing challenges and finding hope, self-compassion, useful de-escalation tools, exploring stigma, connection and community, and gratitude and reflection.

The Suicide Support and Awareness Peer Support Groups are now closed. For information about other BEING – Mental Health Consumers programs, please visit being.org.au or subscribe to our newsletter.

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