Embedding Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Sui) Project
responsibility to, not for or over people
About the Embedding Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Sui) Project:
Throughout 2022 and 2023 LELAN is bringing the Alternatives to Suicide approach to South Australia. Alternatives to Suicide was developed by the Wildflower Alliance (formerly the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community) in the US. Alternatives to Suicide peer-led community-based groups centre mutual connection and meaning making around suicide distress, thoughts and experiences. They offer non-clinical spaces where people can be honest about their experiences without fear of forced treatment, other forms of coercion, or risk assessment that shuts conversation down.
Whilst the focus of the project is to support the establishment and ongoing running of Alternatives to Suicide groups, another core component is using this model as evidence that community based lived experience-led initiatives work and can be scaled. Five ‘pilot’ groups targeting different population groups will be part of the formal evaluation and will be the first groups to form. Additional groups will emerge from this work and inform the conceptualisation and design of future lived experience-led alternatives.
The Alternatives to Suicide Groups Charter defines the principles and values of support groups using the Alternatives to Suicide approach: Responsibility to – and not for or over; Consent and choice; Responses to injustice; and Healing in communities.
You can read more from an early evaluation of the Alt2Sui groups in Western Australia here.
[This project is made possible by financial support from Wellbeing SA, Country SA PHN and Adelaide PHN – including monetary contribution from LELAN].
More about the Alternatives to Suicide Approach:
How you can learn more and get involved:
Attend a Community Forum (online)
Community Forums provide an opportunity to learn more about the Alt2Sui approach, why it is necessary and opportunities for being involved, as well as hear from people who have been facilitating groups for some time. Two sessions are planned for Wednesday April 27th (1-2pm) and Tuesday May 10th (3-4pm). You can register for the April session here and the May session here.
Attend a Sector Forum (online)
The Sector Forum provides an opportunity for service providers – including peer workers, team leaders and executive – to learn more about the Alt2Sui approach, opportunities for partnership and how they can support their organisation and/or peer workforce to be involved. Two sessions are planned for Wednesday May 11th (10-11am) and Tuesday May 31st (11am-12.30pm). People can register for the sessions here and here.
Attend a Training Session to Develop Skills for Facilitating Peer Groups (online)
We know the power of peers supporting peers, whether that is specific to experiences of suicide distress and crisis or not. This session will help people to develop skills for facilitating peer groups generally and consider what will help them to do that within their own contexts, resources and interest areas (whether you continue to explore Alt2Sui group facilitation or not). This is a two-hour session scheduled for Wednesday May 4th (10am-12pm). People can register for the session here.
Attend an Information Session about Being an Alt2Sui Group Peer Facilitator (online)
This session provides the opportunity to learn more about what facilitating an Alt2Sui group looks like and the support that LELAN can provide. It is also a great opportunity for asking questions and learning how you can be involved. This session is planned for Tuesday May 10th (4-45pm). You can register for the session here.
Attend the 3-Day Alt2Sui Group Peer Facilitator Training (in-person)
People interested in being Alt2Sui Peer Facilitators will need to go through an Expression of Interest process for this fully funded training. Priority for the initial training in late-May will be given to people and communities participating in the evaluation and ‘pilot’ groups for the Alt2Sui project. Additional 3-day Facilitator Training sessions with more open eligibility are scheduled for July/August 2022 and February/March 2023. You can complete an Expression of Interest form to be an Alt2Sui Peer Group Facilitator here. Applications close 5pm Friday May 13th.
Provide a Rapid Literature Review and Project Evaluation for our Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Sui) Project
Throughout April LELAN is seeking an evaluation partner to walk the journey with us as we work to embed the Alt2Sui across South Australia. A Request for Quote can be accessed with information about what we are asking for and how to work with us here. RFQs close Wednesday April 20th.
Frequently asked questions:
Who is responsible for running the Alt2Sui Peer Group Facilitator training?
The SA Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network (LELAN) is responsible for bringing the Alternatives to Suicide approach systematically to South Australia. The three-day Alt2Sui Peer Group Facilitator Training will be delivered by our friends Leo and Emery from WA. Leo and Emery have been facilitating Alt2Sui for the past several years in Western Australia. More recently they have been training Alt2Sui Peer Group Facilitators, providing supervision and advising organisations across a number of states to expand its reach.
Who is eligible for the Alt2Sui Peer Group Facilitator training for?
Priority for the Alt2Sui Peer Group Facilitator training in late-May will be given to people and communities participating in the evaluation and ‘pilot’ groups for the Alt2Sui project in South Australia. Additional 3-day Alt2Sui Peer group Facilitator training sessions with more open eligibility are scheduled for July/August 2022 and February/March 2023. People can express interest in facilitating one of the pilot groups by completing this form. Expressions of interest close Friday May 13th.
Initial pilot groups are still emerging and will cover different experince and community groups across South Australia, including metro and regional locations, young people and the LGBTQIA+.
Is the training online or face-to-face?
The training is face-to-face and will be held in a CBD location.
How much does the training cost?
Participants will not be reimbursed for attending the training but course costs and catering are covered. People selected to be Alt2Sui Peer Group Facilitators not financially supported by a community group or organisation will have their accomodation and travel costs provided by LELAN.
What strategies are there to make it an accessible and safe (enough) learning environment?
Creating trauma-informed, safe-enough and inclusive spaces is an important consideration for all of LELAN’s work and how we do things. Participants are given the opportunity to discuss specific needs and preferences through the expression of interest process.