About the Program

BEING – Mental Health Consumers was funded by the NSW Government as part of the Towards Zero Suicides initiative to pilot the Suicide Support and Awareness Program (SSAP).

As a part of this program, we offered peer-led and co-designed support groups specifically tailored for people who identify as living with mental health issues and suicidal crisis such as attempts or thoughts.

The Peer Support Groups were closed and confidential, meeting once a week for three-months. Each group provided a culturally safe and trauma informed space where conversations on suicidality could be explored and supported by peers, people who have their own experiences with mental health issues and suicidal crisis and have been through similar issues.

Participants explored different themes each week, guided by a custom workbook created via a process of co-design with group facilitators. Themes included self-care and authenticity, values, ‘big feels’, challenges and finding hope, mindfulness, stigma, self-talk, connection and community, gratitude and reflection.

The groups commenced in early February and met in a number of locations around Sydney. 

We anticipate establishing new groups later in 2021 in locations around Sydney and NSW yet to be determined. Watch this space for further updates and announcements.

Information for Support Group Participants:

Have you experienced suicidal thoughts? Support is available.

We are looking for people who live with mental health issues and have experience of living with suicidal thoughts and/or attempts and who would benefit from additional, non-clinical, peer support.

The peer support groups will be facilitated by people with their own experiences of mental health issues and suicidal crisis, who have undergone specialist training in this area.

Each group will be a closed group, meaning participants will meet with the same group of people each week for the duration of the three-month program. The group will provide for a culturally safe and trauma informed space where conversations on suicidality can be explored and supported by peers – people who have their own experiences with mental health issues and suicidal crisis and have been through similar issues.

Participants explore different themes each week, guided by a custom workbook created via a process of co-design with group facilitators. Themes include self-care and authenticity, values, ‘big feels’, challenges and finding hope, mindfulness, stigma, self-talk, connection and community, gratitude and reflection.

To learn more and to register your interest, please enter your details in the form below or email ssap@being.org.au. All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Information for Peer Group Facilitators

As a consumer organisation, BEING – Mental Health Consumers is looking for people who have their own personal experience of living with suicidal thoughts and/or attempts and who identify as living with mental health issues to become Peer Group Facilitators for this new and exciting program. As a Peer Facilitator, you will use your own experiences to inspire hope and recovery for others, while guiding group discussions around suicidal experiences and other forms of emotional distress.

Participants in the Suicide Awareness & Prevention Peer Support Groups explore different themes each week, guided by a custom workbook created via a process of co-design with group facilitators. Themes include self-care and authenticity, values, ‘big feels’, challenges and finding hope, mindfulness, stigma, self-talk, connection and community, gratitude and reflection.

We anticipate groups will be established in new locations around Sydney and NSW later in 2021 and facilitators are needed. For more information on the Peer Group Facilitator role and to apply, email ssap@being.org.au.

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