IMPORTANT UPDATE

January 2022

In light of recent developments with COVID-19 and the Omicron wave of the pandemic, the health and safety of our staff, group facilitators and participants is our absolute priority.

As a result, we are working to transition these Peer Support Groups to online. We appreciate your patience, and will provide a further update as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can direct any questions and/or register your interest via email to ssap@being.org.au.

About the Program

The BEING Suicide Support and Awareness Program (SSAP) is a six-week peer support group program co-designed by, with, and for people living with mental health issues and suicidal crisis and/or thoughts across NSW.

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

Each week participants have the opportunity to explore different themes, guided by group facilitators who have been trained and supported, and bring their own experiences of living with mental health issues, and experiencing suicidal crisis and/or thoughts. Some of the topics include facing challenges and finding hope, mindfulness, exploring stigma, connection and community, and gratitude and reflection.

If you are interested, please complete the registration form found in the ‘Information for Support Group Participants’ below.

If you would like further information, please email us at ssap@being.org.au.

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 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.

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.

For more information on the Peer Group Facilitator role and to apply, please email ssap@being.org.au.

Need help now? Crisis support is available 24/7.
In an emergency, call 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467