OPPORTUNITIES FOR USING (Y)OUR LIVED EXPERIENCE FOR CHANGE

HAVE A SAY & GET ACTIVE + SPACES & PLACES WHERE PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE CONNECT OR LEARN

Representative & Development Opportunities:

Contribute via Surveys and Research:

[CONSUMER AND CARER ADVISORY GROUP]: Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Do you believe in the importance of individuals shaping their own health care? Are you passionate about improving mental health services and representing the consumer/carer voice? If so, there is an exciting opportunity for you to make a difference and be part of shaping mental health services in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).

The Mental Health Clinical Program within CALHN recognises that the voices of consumers, carers, and community members are invaluable in creating better experiences and outcomes for the community. That’s why they are seeking interested individuals to join the CALHN Mental Health Consumer and Carer Advisory Group (CCAG). By becoming a consumer/carer representative, you will have the chance to directly contribute to the design, evaluation, and improvement of mental health services in CALHN, ensuring that the needs and perspectives of consumers and carers are represented at all levels.

To be eligible for this exciting opportunity, you should have a commitment to contributing to the quality improvement of mental health services. Additionally, you should possess personal experience of CALHN Mental Health Services as a consumer or carer within the last two years.

Email your name and contact details to health.calhnconsumercareradvisorygroup@sa.gov.au to obtain further information or click here to express your interest.

[PROJECT ADVISORY GROUP]: Youth Disability Advocacy Service, applications close Monday 4th March

 

This is an opportunity for young people to participate in a Project Advisory Group to co-design and create resources for an online hub. This is a paid opportunity. 

For more information and to submit an application for click here.

[COMMITTEE MEMBER]: The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Expressions of interest for the community member positions to join The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Community Collaboration Committee (CCC) are now welcome.

Are you a person who would like to use your acquired lived experience expertise to positively influence the policy and practices of psychiatric care in Australia or New Zealand? If so, the RANZCP invite you to bring your unique perspective and lived experience expertise to the RANZCP Community Collaboration Committee.

For more information and to apply, click here.

[SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS]: Experience with Homelessness and Housing Services in South Australia with SYC

Have your say about renting and housing challenges in SA

Have you experienced housing insecurity or homelessness in the last five years? Would you like the opportunity to share your lived experience of accessing SA’s current housing and homelessness systems and contribute to the housing and homelessness reform? SYC want to hear from people willing to share their housing challenges (particularly with renting) and discuss what can be done to make things better.
There are opportunities to participate in different ways including interviews, focus groups and reference groups. If you participate you will receive a gift card to reimburse you for your time and contribution.

Register your interest here.

[REPORT]: Report a Media Item to StigmaWatch with SANE

If you find media coverage that stigmatises mental ill health or irresponsibly reports suicide, you can report the item to StigmaWatch.

Anyone can report a media item to StigmaWatch. If the coverage is found to breach media reporting guidelines, StigmaWatch will contact the media outlet involved with constructive feedback and advice.

They also want to hear about positive media stories of mental ill health, suicide and AOD. These are stories that can reduce potential harm and enhance community understanding about the issues.

Find the Mindframe media reporting guidelines here.

Click here to access the StigmaWatch criteria.

Click here to report a media item to Stigma Watch.

[SCHOLARSHIP]: Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, applications close Wednesday 28th February 2024

 

If you’re a student enrolling (or already enrolled) in a course that leads to a mental health qualification (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor Degree) then you are eligible to apply for one of three $5000 study grants. Study grants are to be administered by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Management Board.

Successful applicants may:

  • Have lived experience
  • Be full-time carers
  • Be Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander
  • Be looking to study remotely or in a regional area
  • Be experiencing financial hardship

Applications close Wednesday 28th February 2024. Click here for more information on how to apply.

 

[ABORIGINAL PATIENT LIVED EXPERIENCE REPRESENTATIVE]: SA Pharmacy

 

SA Pharmacy is committed to driving system level reform to Close the Gap in health inequity for Aboriginal people.

 

More information about this commitment can be found here (https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/services/dental+diagnostic+and+pharmacy+services/pharmacy+services/about+us/best+care+for+aboriginal+people)

The SA Pharmacy Aboriginal Health / RAP Working Group is committed to engaging and partnering with community.  They are looking for an Aboriginal person to provide a patient voice on their Working Group.

The Working Group meets once every 2 months and you would be remunerated for your time.

If this is something that interests you, please reach out via phone or email:

Cheyne Sullivan, SA Pharmacy Aboriginal Health Lead

Cheyne.Sullivan@sa.gov.au 

0433 856 556

[SURVEY]: Improving Emergency Department Care for Suicidal Teens and Their Families with Deakin University and Monash Health

 

In a joint project between Deakin University and Monash Health, their teams are conducting research to develop a new intervention to support young people who present to the emergency department at risk of suicide, and their parents.

One part of the intervention will be a series of text messages to support young people and their parents in the days and weeks after they are discharged from the emergency department (ED). To do this, they are looking for parents/carers of a young person who presented to an ED for suicide-related concerns when the young person was aged 12-18, to complete a brief survey. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a follow-up interview. 

To complete the survey click here.

[EVALUATE]: Supporting Voice Hearers

Do you work with people who hear voices? The University of Sydney invite you to be part of a research study to help us evaluate a set of online resources to help mental health workers to support voice-hearers using an evidence-based voice hearing approach.

You are eligible if you are a mental health worker (e.g., clinician, support worker peer worker, psychiatrist) who works with voice-hearers. Participating in the study involves less than 3 hours of your time spread over an 8 week period. It includes you going through the online resources (2 hours) and doing three questionnaires (5-20 minutes each). You will be randomised to receive the resources immediately (after doing the first questionnaire) or in 4 weeks’ time (after the doing the second questionnaire).

For more information or to volunteer for the study:
Contact Dr Anne Honey atanne.honey@sydney.edu.au
Read the Participant Information Statement available at the link below
https://t.ly/eiDgc

 

[SURVEY]: Self Compassion, Resilience, and Burnout in Peer Support Workers with the Australian College of Applied Professions

Peer support workers’ roles are similar to other mental health professionals and they are just as susceptible to burnout. However, they experience more challenges in the workplace.

This research will help us understand if, like other mental health professionals, self-compassion and resilience help to protect peer support workers against burnout. Findings will also help to inform the future needs of the peer support workforce.

The study involves completing a survey if you are currently employed as a peer support worker in Australia.

For more information and to take the survey click here.

[SURVEY]: A Lived Experience Research Project for Victim-survivors of Sexual Violence with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

This research project aims to create strategies that prevent, minimise and respond to re-traumatisation in mental health inpatient services for victim-survivors of sexual violence. It centres victim-survivors in all aspects of the research process, positioning them as experts by experience.  

For more information click here. To complete the survey click here.

 

[RESEARCH]: Lived Experiences of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders in Australia, Victoria University

Victoria University would like to hear from adults (18+) with a lived experience of OCD, hoarding, compulsive hair puling/skin picking or body dysmorphia to better understand if and how other people treat you differently because of your mental health. It is hoped that this research will help shine a light on what it’s like to live with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders in Australia, and guide anti-stigma practices in health and mental healthcare settings, workplaces, in the media, online, and in personal relationships.

What’s involved?

  • You will be asked to complete a confidential online survey at a time and place that’s convenient to you. You will be asked questions about:
  • Your demographic information
  • Your obsessive-compulsive and other related symptoms
  • How other people treat you (both positively and negatively) because of your lived experience of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Your own and other’s attitudes towards people living with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders

Questions about stigma will cover a range of important areas of life – your relationships with friends and family, employment, treatment in health and mental healthcare services, and what you’ve seen in social media and mass media.

For more information, contact lead researcher, Dr Imogen Rehm: imogen.rehm@vu.edu.au

Find more information and access the survey here.

[SURVEY]: The Co-Creating Safe Spaces Project with the Australian National University

The Co-Creating Safe Spaces project is led by A/Prof Michelle Banfield and a team of lived experience researchers based at The Australian National University. They are evaluating safe spaces and safe havens in Australia in collaboration with services and communities. The project is funded by a grant from Suicide Prevention Australia.

As a part of their research, they are seeking people from the community to fill in our anonymous online survey, to share their insights on services and support for people experiencing emotional distress and/or suicidal crisis. Anyone over 16 years is welcome to contribute, whether or not they have heard about or used safe spaces.

The survey is open to anyone aged 16 years or over. Whether you have personal experience, have supported someone in distress, or simply wish to contribute, they welcome your input!

For more information and to access the survey, click here

[RESEARCH]: Investigating the Experiences of Providing Mental Health Peer-support in Australia with the Victoria University

Do you provide peer-support to Australians living with mental health issues or accessing mental healthcare services? If so, researchers from Victoria University would like to hear from you about the benefits and challenges you face in this important work. This research aims to better understand how workplace factors, and other factors like self-stigma and personal recovery, might contribute to the job satisfaction and quality of life of Australia’s mental health peer-support workforce.

What’s involved?

You will be asked to complete a confidential online survey at a time and place that’s convenient to you. The survey should take ~30 minutes to complete. You will be asked questions about your:

  • ·Demographic information
  • ·The benefits and challenges of your role as a peer-supporter
  • ·Job satisfaction and quality of life
  • ·Experiences with self-stigma and mental health recovery
  • You are eligible to participate in this research if you are:
  • ·Aged 18+
  • ·Have worked as a mental health peer-supporter in Australia during the past 12 months (paid or voluntary roles)
  • ·Have a lived experience of mental health issues, psychological distress, mental health service use, and/or recovery

To learn more, click on this link or contact Rachel Sherlock: rachel.sherlock1@vu.edu.au

[RESEARCH]: Consciousness and the phenomenology of psychosis survey with the Australian National University

Would you like to participate in a study exploring how changes in consciousness affect first-person experience of psychosis?

Changes in consciousness include changes in a person’s level of wakefulness, the quality of the things a person is aware of, and how well memory and decision-making work. If the difference between experiencing psychosis and not experiencing psychosis is related to such changes then perhaps these changes can help us understand the type of experiences people have when psychotic – such as hearing voices that are not there or having ideas about things that may not be true.

Who can participate? They are looking for people identifying as mental health consumers (that is, people with personal experience of mental health issues) who have experienced at least one psychotic episode. All participants must be at least 18 years old and live in Australia. You will need reliable internet access on a computer or mobile device.

What is involved? Participants are asked to complete an (anonymous) online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes.

This video gives a brief 2-minute overview of the study by the researcher: https://vimeo.com/793944673/d39b4a4ae0

The survey can be accessed here

 

[RESEARCH]: Disclosure of suicidality at work with the University of Melbourne

 

The University of Melbourne is looking for participants for a study about suicidality and disclosure in workplaces.

The aims of the study are to help understand suicidality and disclosure and non-disclosure decisions in workplaces. This includes understanding factors that may influence suicidality disclosure decisions work. This project will help to improve workplace responses, supports and accommodations for workers who experience emotional distress, including suicidality at work.

Please get in touch by sending an email if you’d like to participate and would like some more information about the study.

Project Lead: Ms Martina McGrath

Email: martina.mcgrath@student.unimelb.edu.au.

Lived Experience Job Opportunities:

[CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER]: LELAN , applications close Thursday 7 March

 

The Chief Executive Officer position at LELAN is a key leadership role in the lived experience consumer and mental health space in South Australia. It requires the incumbent to bring their personal, professional and socio-political worlds together in unique ways to lead change.

The Chief Executive Officer plays a critical strategic role in amplifying the voice, influence and leadership of people with lived experience of mental distress, social issues and injustice, ensuring that all projects and advocacy undertaken by LELAN is byfor and with the lived experience community in South Australia. 

The Chief Executive Officer position provides leadership within LELAN in the areas of projects, organisational strategic direction and culture, systemic advocacy, governance and business growth. Outwardly, the Chief Executive Officer actively develops strategic partnerships and influence, always informed by the collective insights and contributions of the lived experience community to achieve greater impact.

For more information and to apply, click here.

[PROJECT OFFICER, EXPERTS BY EXPERIENCE DEVELOPMENT]: SA Health, applications close Friday 23 February

 

The Expert by Experience Project Officer works within the Consumer and Carer Participation Program (CCPP) framework to develop and facilitate the participation of consumers and carers in the planning, development and delivery of mental health services. They foster relationships with clinical staff and leaders to integrate consumer and carer involvement and perspectives into decision-making at all levels of governance. They recruit, train and mentor service users to become lived experience representatives for the purposes of co-design, collaboration and consultation across the regional Local Health Networks.

The Expert by Experience Project Officer represents consumer and carer perspectives in senior committees and on a range of projects and service improvements. They partner with Local Health Networks, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and non-government organisations to progress strategies and build capacity in lived experience participation.

For more information click here.

[LIVED EXPERIENCE PSYCHOSOCIAL RECOVERY WORKER]: Skylight, Murray Bridge, applications close Wednesday 21 February

 

The successful candidates will provide recovery-orientated psychosocial support to individuals who have not evaluated their eligibility or have been declared ineligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme services. These services are delivered throughout the Southern area of the Riverland Mallee and Coorong regions.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS

  • A tertiary qualification relevant to mental health or community services and/or adaptable skills and experience in those areas
  • Excellent organisational skills including attention to detail. Highly effective oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills
  • Sound knowledge and awareness of mental health challenges
  • Capacity to work both autonomously and within teams
  • Experience with person centred and recovery oriented frameworks
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft programs and relevant software
  • DHS Working With Children Check and NDIS Worker Check – Apply Here
  • Current SA Drivers Licence and willingness to use own registered, insured vehicle
  • Understanding of NDIS application process desirable

For more information and to apply, click here.

[PEER MENTOR]: Acrofyre, Adelaide

This is a hybrid contract role for a Peer Mentor at ARCOFYRE®, located in the Greater Adelaide Area with flexibility to work remotely. Peer Mentors will be responsible for supporting and mentoring individuals with a psychosocial disability who have had prior involvement in the criminal justice system, utilizing their experience to provide insight, support, and encouragement. Peer Mentors will also assist in developing and implementing programs, providing training, capacity building and supporting some assertive outreach efforts.

Qualifications

  • Experience in the criminal justice system, including interactions with support services or justice-related organisations.
  • Ability to provide non-judgmental support, empathy and understanding to individuals regardless of their past
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to provide guidance and mentorship to individuals in a respectful and compassionate manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills, with the ability to balance multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Fluency written and verbal, with strong presentation and written skills
  • Qualifications or work experience in a related field (disabilty support, social work, law, defence, counseling, security, psychology, etc.) is preferred
  • Passion for serving vulnerable communities and promoting positive change

For more information and to apply, click here

[PEER MENTOR]: Aspire Recovery Connection

 

As a member of the Peer Mentor team you will support and engage with the community whom we serve, provide authentic peer connection and ensure services are of the highest standards. This is an outreach role, supporting people out and about in the community and building relationships together.

 

Tasks & responsibilities

  • Offer humility, compassion and connection to build trust and rapport
  • Support people to activate their choice and control and connect with NDIS services to support their wellbeing
  • Contribute ideas towards continuous quality improvement and innovation
  • Work from a lived experience, human rights and compassion centered framework to support people on their recovery journey.
  • Help people to uphold their human rights and navigate the mental health system towards recovery
  • Work with family members and other supports in your people’s best interest

For more information and to apply, click here.

 

[PEER SUPPORT WORKER]: Neami National Limited, Adelaide, applications close Friday 23 February

 

Peer Support Worker (PSW’s) are integral members of the team and draw on their lived experience of life changing experiences and personal recovery. PSWs use these lived experiences to connect with others experiencing distress, break down stigma, exploring what recovery might look like for the person they are supporting, and instilling confidence and hope.

Position details

  • 1X Part-Time Permanent Position Available (0.6 FTE)
  • Classification: SCHADS Level 3 with a salary range of $71,215 – $76,353 pro rata per annum + Superannuation
  • Salary packaging arrangements providing tax benefits available for living and entertainment expenses increasing your take home income where part of your wage is paid tax free each pay, savings thousands in tax each year
  • Location: Southern Wellbeing Hub, South Australia.

For more information and to apply click here

[PEER SUPPORT WORKER]: Youturn, Adelaide

 

As a Peer Support Worker of a Youth Enhanced Service (YES) you will facilitate the delivery of support to clients, their family and friends that contact or are referred to our service.

Workers utilise their lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use to assist clients and support persons to work towards achieving their best outcomes and to support those providing clinical care to develop a better understanding of recovery-oriented care and the additional benefits that peer support can provide.

Whilst serving as a positive role model to clients, you will be supported by a highly skilled team and will participate in regular clinical supervision and will be required to present and discuss cases with the clinical care team.

For more information and to apply, click here.

 

[AOD WORKER-FIRST NATIONS SPECIFIC]: Mission Australia, Adelaide, applications close Sunday 25 February

 

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to support young people experiencing alcohol and other drug-related issues, and their families and carers, through group work, counselling, advocacy, case management and referral to other services.

To perform this role it is essential that the person is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. It is therefore a genuine occupational requirement under section sub-s 56(2) of Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

For more information and to apply, click here.

[PEER WORKERS]: Skylight Mental health, Adelaide, applications close Monday 26 February

 

Skylight Mental Health are recruiting numerous Lived Experience Peer Workers to work within the Wellness Connect NPSP program. The roles are classified at SCHADS Level 4 and 0.6 – 1.0fte available.

The Lived Experience Peer Workers will work closely with participants to promote recovery, inspire hope and facilitate a process wherein participants can work toward their goals. The Lived Experience Peer Workers will work across 1:1 and group services.

The program provides short-term 1:1 support and facilitated groups. The Lived Experience Peer Workers will work with participants on a 1:1 basis and also design, develop and facilitate groups that may support participants to:

· Identify their strengths

· Build resilience

· Achieve goals

· Link in with people to help improve their wellbeing

· Connect with family or with community

· Explore accessing the NDIS or DSP

· Enjoy a full and vibrant quality of life

The role will be predominantly based at Skylight Elizabeth, servicing multiple areas of the South Australian metropolitan region.

For more information and to apply, click here.

 

[PEER WORKERS]: Your LINC Mental Health Services, Adelaide, applications close Wednesday 21 February

 

Your LINC is a multi-agency, two-tier mental health outreach service delivered in partnership by Centacare, KWY Aboriginal Corporation and Aspire Recovery Connection (ARC) a 100% Lived experience organisation. Our service offers holistic, flexible and culturally responsive psycho-social support for individuals experiencing mental health challenges and distress across the Adelaide Metro, Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu and Limestone Coast. Your LINC is delivered in the Southern, Northern and Central Local Health Network regions.

The Role

Peer Workers form effective and empathetic relationships and provide positive role modelling by appropriately sharing lived experience and understanding of the impact of mental health challenges, service use and recovery.

For more information and to apply, click here.

[AURORA NEUROINCLUSION PROGRAM]: Australian Public Service (APS)

 

The Aurora Neuroinclusion Program is a federal government initiative recognising the strengths, skills and talents that people who are neurodivergent can bring to work. The program helps people with autism or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) start their career in the Australian Public Service (APS).

 

There are currently 2 APS positions available in Adelaide for neurodivergent applicants. You can find out more, and apply, here through Employ for Ability.

 

[LIVED EXPERIENCE PEER WORKERS]: Skylight, Adelaide, applications close Monday 11 March

 

Skylight are recruiting numerous Lived Experience Peer Workers to work within the Wellness Connect NPSP program. The roles are classified at SCHADS Level 4 and 0.6 – 1.0fte available.

The Lived Experience Peer Workers will work closely with participants to promote recovery, inspire hope and facilitate a process wherein participants can work toward their goals. The Lived Experience Peer Workers will work across 1:1 and group services.

For more information and to apply, click here.

[PEER SUPPORT WORKER]: Southern Welbeing Hub Neami, applications close Friday 23 February

Peer Support Worker (PSW’s) are integral members of the team and draw on their lived experience of life changing experiences and personal recovery. PSWs use these lived experiences to connect with others experiencing distress, break down stigma, exploring what recovery might look like for the person they are supporting, and instilling confidence and hope.

For more information and to apply, click here

Learning Opportunities:

Spaces and Places to Connect:

[WORKSHOPS]: Foundations of Lived Experience Workshops with LELAN
The Lived Experience Development,Governance and Education (LEDGE) Project provides free foundational workshops on Advocacy, Leadership and Governance.
These workshops are introductory, and created for people who are new to using their lived experiences of mental distress, social issues, and injustice to influence change

Upcoming Workshops:

Tuesday 27th FebruaryLeadership & Policy (3-hours in person)

Tuesday 26th March Intro to Governance (3-hours in person)

For any questions about training opportunities  email LELAN at info@lelan.org.au. 

To register for sessions, click here.

 

[E-LEARNING]: Being eLearning Hub

BEING offers a series of free and fee-for service e-learning courses developed to enhance the knowledge and skills of mental health consumers, carers and allies.

These courses are non-accredited, personal and professional, training opportunities for anyone interested in learning key concepts to do with mental health in Australia.

Each course has been co-designed with Lived Experience experts and Peer Educators to ensure these flexible, self-paced, and person-centred learning options meet the needs of those who live with mental health issues.

For more information and to register click here.

 

[ENGAGE]: Perspectives 2024 with Finding North Network, 19 & 20 March

 

At Perspectives 2024 Finding North Network will be showcasing the diversity of voice and perspective in Lived and Living Experiences whilst exploring the overarching theme of ‘Amplifying Lived Experience Perspectives for Connection, Awareness and Change’.

Throughout Perspectives 2024:

  • Explore the theme of amplifying perspectives for connection, awareness, and change: uncover what it means to you and how you make an impact in your own way.
  • Listen as speakers with experiences of various mental health challenges share their personal stories of recovery, healing, advocacy and hope.
  • Hear the unique challenges migrant and refugee communities face and the importance of awareness, education, and early intervention.
  • Gain insights into the power of Lived Experience storytelling and the impact it can have.
  • Learn about what ethical and authentic engagement with lived experience looks like in the work.
  • Hear from Peer and Lived Experience workers on the diverse Lived Experience Pathways available, how to embrace your expertise and tips for navigating your way.
  • Learn how to challenge responses to disclosure of Lived Experience and raise awareness about the power of your Lived Expertise.
  • Discover diverse approaches at the forefront of Lived Experience Leadership across Australia.
  • Be inspired to find your place within the Lived Experience community and connect with existing and emerging Lived Experience leaders.

This is an online event and registrations are essential. To learn more and to register click here.

[ONLINE JOB READINESS PROGRAM]: Thrive Pilot Program

 

Neami National and Get Skilled Access have partnered to develop THRIVE, a pilot program focused on improving job readiness and workplace inclusivity for people that experience mental health challenges or psychosocial disability.

THRIVE includes a suite of e-learning modules and workshops that guide participants and employers toward inclusive recruitment and inclusive workplace practices.

For more information click here.

To register click here.

 

[WORKSHOP]: First Nations Young Women's workshop with YWCA, Tuesday 27 February

 

The First Nations Women’s Leadership program is running a one-day workshop for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with experiences of homelessness, housing insecurity and/or family and domestic violence to build their leadership and advocacy skills to create change in their community.

To book a spot click here.

 

[WEBINAR]: Reimagining Youth Mental Health with Prevention United, Wednesday 28 February

 

Join the team at Prevention United as they discuss how they can reverse the rising tide of mental ill-health by tackling the risk factors that contribute to poor mental health and increasing young people’s access to key protective factors.

Click here to register.

[PEER SUPPORT]: Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Su) groups with LELAN

 

Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Su) 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.

Multiple Alt2Su groups are available online and in-person for people in South Australia each week. Some groups are completely open and some are specifically designed to be for people of particular ages, gender, sexual or culturally diverse identities.

Alternatives to Suicide was developed by the Wildflower Alliance (formerly the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community) in the US.

To see what groups are running click here.

If you have any questions reach out to the LELAN team at info@lelan.org.au.

 

[NETWORK]: Lived Experience Advocacy Reflection Network (LEARN) with LELAN, Tuesday 2 April

 

LEARN is a reflective space for connection amongst people in South Australia interested in or new to using their lived experiences with mental health and other life challenges for advocacy.

When shared for a purpose our story is a powerful tool that helps us connect with others and offer insight. Join us as we explore tools and strategies to use our experiences for change.

To register, click here.

[COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE]: Lived Experience Leadership & Change with LELAN, Wednesday 6 March

 

The Lived Experience Leadership and Change Community of Practice is held online every six weeks and has been created to:

  • Offer a ‘safe-enough’ space for lived experience leaders and allies to share information and experiences about their change goals and efforts.
  • Explore and grapple with dilemmas and opportunities in and for influencing change.
  • Build capacity and skills to generate new thought, shared approaches and resources that support thinking and collective action in this space.

Dates for the Community of Practice for 2024 (9.30-11am SA time):

  • Wednesday March 6th 2024.
  • Wednesday April 17th 2024.
  • Wednesday May 29th 2024.
  • Wednesday July 10th 2024.
  • Wednesday August 21st 2024.
  • Wednesday October 2nd 2024.
  • Wednesday November 13th 2024.

For more information and to register click here.

For any questions about the Community of Practice email info@lelan.org.au.

 

[PEER SUPPORT]: Mind Recovery College, at Sonder Safe Haven Salisbury, every Friday 11.00am

Did you know that Mind Australia holds free, welcome to all, weekly Recovery College® Sessions in Salisbury?

Sessions are on Friday’s at 11am at the welcoming, comfortable space in Sonder’s Safe Haven.

These courses are informal, conversational, with a focus on education and peer support- facilitated by people with their own experiences of mental health challenges.

Walk-ins are most welcome.

Venue: Sonder Safe Haven, 9 John Street Salisbury SA 5108

For more information email James Turner James.Turner@mindaustralia.org.au

 

[PEER SUPPORT]: Listening Partnerships Project

 

Are you looking for support and connection to help navigate life’s complexities and struggles?
Would you like to receive this from peers, while also learning about how to offer it?
The Listening Partnerships Project is working to develop a network of people who are trained to exchange effective listening support with each other.
There will be a short 6-week pilot program in February and they are looking for people who may be interested in participating. For more information click here.