About the Program

The BEING Suicide Support and Awareness Program (SSAP) is a six-week ONLINE 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 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 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 bring their own experiences of living with mental health issues and experiencing suicidal crisis and/or thoughts. Some of the topics may include facing challenges and finding hope, self-compassion, useful de-escalation tools, exploring stigma, connection and community, and gratitude and reflection.

Online groups commenced early 2022. Please register your interest below or email ssap@being.org.au to remain informed of group dates and times.

If you are over the age of eighteen and interested in joining the Peer Support Groups, 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.

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Information for Support Group Participants:

Have you experienced suicidal thoughts? Online support is available.

We are looking for people in NSW over the age of 18, who live with mental health issues and have experience of living with suicidal thoughts and/or attempts, who would benefit from additional, non-clinical peer support.

The online Peer Support Groups will be facilitated by people with their own experiences of mental health issues and suicidal crisis.

The groups will provide 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.

Most groups will be closed, meaning participants will meet with the same group of people each week for the duration of the program, however we are exploring the option of offering an ‘open group’ (for registered participants only) for people to drop in on a weekly basis as desired.

Online groups commenced early 2022. Please register your interest or email ssap@being.org.au to remain informed of group dates and times.

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.

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Information for Peer Group Facilitators

BEING – Mental Health Consumers is currently looking for experienced Peer Group Facilitators from across NSW, who identify as living with mental health issues and have their own personal experience of living with suicidal crisis and/or thoughts, to act in a co-facilitation role to deliver online Peer Support Groups commencing from mid-February 2022.

As a Peer Group Facilitator, you will use your own experiences to inspire hope and recovery for others, while guiding online group discussions around suicidal experiences and other forms of emotional distress.

For more information on the Peer Group Facilitator role and to apply, download the Expression of Interest form here. For questions, please email ssap@being.org.au.

Need help now? Crisis support is available 24/7.
In an emergency, call 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
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