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[CONFERENCE]: Financial Hardship Linker Conference with the Wyatt Trust, Thursday 13 June Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Port Augusta

 

You are invited to attend the Linker Conference hosted by people with lived and living experience of financial hardship. The Wyatt Trust, in partnership with ac.care (Mount Gambier), Centacare Catholic Country SA (Port Augusta), Grandcarers SA, KWY Aboriginal Corporation, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden, Uniting Communities and The Zahra Foundation, have recently finished an 18-month co-design and prototyping process where lived and living experience participants co-produced a new service for Women over 50, and Sole Parents and Carers, called The Linker Service.

The conference is co-planned and co-presented with our lived and living experience colleagues. The focus of the conference is on sharing what we have learnt from people with lived and living experience of financial hardship, their experiences of seeking and accessing support and how the services our organisations provide can better meet their needs. They will also share what they learnt about prototyping and how this might be applied at a smaller scale. There will be a mix of presentations and interactive workshops.

To register, click here

[CALL OUT]: Stories of LGBTIQA+ Experiences with Shine SA, entries close Friday 7th June at 5pm

 

Do you have a story of LGBTIQA+ experience that could help others create a safer and more inclusive environment? 

 

Shine SA are looking for short examples from LGBTIQA+ South Australians about positive and negative experiences of LGBTIQA+ awareness/sensitivity. This could be an experience at work, school, in a public place, accessing a service, or assumptions made about you or your family. They will choose 5 stories to be used as voice overs for new training modules about inclusive practice, and in future SHINE SA campaigns. Stories can include instances of discrimination or resilience and can relate to sexuality, gender identity, or sex categories.

 

By sharing your experience, you will go in the draw to win your choice of a voucher OR a Badgie Be Yourself drink bottle (both valued at $50). You are in the draw even if your story is not chosen.

 

If your story is chosen, you will be invited to come and have your story audio recorded at SHINE SA. You will be compensated for your time. SHINE SA can organise a voice actor to read your story if this is preferred.

 

They would like to capture short examples, such as:

➡️ An example of discrimination you experienced

➡️ An experience of cis-/heteronormativity

➡️ An example of good allyship that you witnessed

➡️ An example of LGBTIQA+ resilience as an individual or within your community

➡️ Your experiences of multiple forms of identity/marginalisation

➡️ An example of heteronormative or cis-normative assumptions in everyday life

➡️ intersections of LGBTIQA+ phobia with racism, ableism, classism.

 

All stories are welcomed, and SHINE SA will be prioritizing representation from: LGTBIQA+ people of colour; LGBTIQA+ people with a disability and Intersex people.

 

Participation winners will be announced 14 June 2024. If your story is chosen, SHINE SA will contact you after this date.

To make a submission, click here

[PHD SCHOLARSHIP]: Health Services Research with Flinders University, applications close Wednesday 5 June

 

The aim of this collaborative research project is to undertake an evaluation of the sector-leading Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program This program helps people with severe mental illness enter and maintain meaningful employment, whilst concurrently supporting their recovery and improving their quality of life. Bringing significant industry experience to the project, Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc. is a long-standing provider of innovative strength-based solutions to supporting people with a disability, and provide services across South Australia. Caring Futures Institute believes people with a disability benefit for social and economic inclusion, and has complimentary research strengths in health services and disability research. Together we are seeking innovative solutions to this challenging area of research through this PhD project.  

This inspiring project involves:

  • undertaking a mixed methods social return on investment analysis of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program in the context of Australian public mental health services
  • undertaking an economic evaluation to understand the costs and benefits of the program

This Scholarship offers:

  • $33,990 (2024 full-time rate, indexed annually) per annum tax free, for up to 3.5 years
  • A 3-month industry internship allowing you to apply your research into practice during candidature
  • Access to academic and industry expertise through joint supervision
  • A supportive environment to learn leading-edge research methods and become an expert in your area
  • The opportunity to manage a complex research project and respond innovatively to challenges
  • A collaborative research community where you can enhance your skills and build your network to progress your research career

For more information click here

 

[EXPRESSION OF INTEREST]: Join Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia Councils and Collaborative Networks

 

As the national peak body, Gayaa Dhuwi draw on the knowledge and experience of community to advocate for systemic change to Australia’s mental health system. Their Councils and Collaborative Networks are vital platforms to help them do this.

 

They are calling for expressions of interest in joining one of their Councils or Collaborative Networks. These are paid positions that include support to travel when required.

 

As a member, you will have a unique opportunity to:

  • Influence national policy agendas in social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, and suicide prevention.

  • Collaborate with leading experts and advocates.

  • Drive systemic change for the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • Gain professional development experience and expand your network.

  • Harness your expertise and lived experience for lasting positive impact.

 

Roles and functions

Clinical and Cultural Councils: Provide expert advice to the Gayaa Dhuwi Board, ensuring a ‘best of both worlds’ approach that integrates cultural and clinical treatment for optimal mental health outcomes. These councils may develop practice guidelines, advocate for policy changes, and promote culturally-informed mental health service delivery.

Collaborative Networks: Address critical issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health through dynamic discussions, informing Gayaa Dhuwi in the areas of LGBTIQ+SB, Lived Experience, Stolen Generations, Workforce, Youth, and Childhood. These networks might create position statements, identify research priorities, or design community-based mental health initiatives.

Commitment

One annual face-to-face meeting and online consultations as needed. Gayaa Dhuwi offers remuneration for participation in Councils and Collaborative Networks.

Remuneration

Participants can expect to receive remuneration and assistance with travel for time spent participating in our Councils and Collaborative Networks.

Apply now!

To express your interest, please complete the expression of interest form.

[FEEDBACK]: Feedback on the Draft National Autism Strategy with the Department of Social Services, consultation until Friday 31 May

 

The Australian Government Department of Social Services is working with the Autistic and autism community to create a National Autism Strategy that will support Autistic people across Australia to live the lives they want and deserve.

The Australian Government, alongside the National Autism Strategy Oversight Council, has developed a Draft National Autism Strategy. The Oversight Council is made up of 10 Autistic members and also includes six (6) government representatives from across social services, education, health, NDIA, Prime Minister and Cabinet and employment.

The Draft Strategy has been developed from evidence and what we heard from thousands of Autistic people, their families and carers, and other stakeholders. During September to November 2023, we asked people to share their ideas about what the Strategy should do and include. You can read about the consultation process and what people said in the Consultation Reports.

About the survey

The Australian Government now wants to know what you think of the draft Strategy: whether you think it covers everything it needs to and if it will be effective in improving life outcomes for Autistic Australians.

This survey is for anyone who wants to give feedback, including:

  • Autistic people and their families
  • People who work with or care for Autistic people
  • Other people with an interest in the Strategy.

To read the Draft National Autism Strategy and complete the survey, click here

[HAVE A SAY]: Review of the 2016 Statement on Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research with the NHMRC

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia Ltd (CHF) are collaborating to review the 2016 Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research (the Statement).

The Statement aims to support consumer and community involvement across all types and levels of health and medical research. It articulates the importance and benefits of consumer and community involvement in research, and discusses a series of implementation issues.

If you would like more information or to share your views, click here

[SHARE YOUR STORY]: Share Your Advocacy Story with JFA Purple Orange

Advocacy can mean standing up for yourself, connecting with support, and getting what you deserve.

It is about you having the right to make choices about your own life and having your voice heard.

If you are not happy with the way something is done, then speaking up is a way to change it to make a better life for you and other people with disability.

Have you spoken up before?
Did you have someone to help you?
Would it have been better if you had someone to help you?

JFA Purple Orange would like to hear your ideas about how people with disability can be better supported to make change for themselves (for example, accessing different supports) or to make change for everyone (for example, making something in your community more accessible)?

To complete the online form click here

[SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND IDEAS]: Food Insecurity with the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)

 

SACOSS is leading a project funded by the State Government, that’ll be speaking to people experiencing food insecurity – people struggling to access food that’s affordable, nutritious, and suitable for them – about what kinds of actions – from governments, charities, and other organisations out in the community – would make it easier for them to obtain the food they need.

This project’s an opportunity for people directly impacted by food insecurity to not only share their experiences, but share their ideas and insights about what policies and programs – whether at a federal, state, or local level – would make a positive difference for them.

There’ll be a series of group conversations, throughout April, May, and June. Participants will receive a $40 gift card, for being part of a conversation on food insecurity, and where needed, a $25 travel reimbursement, and where possible, these sessions will be catered.

For more information, email Pas Forgione at pas@sacoss.org.au or call 0402681352

[WORKING GROUPS]: With NALHN Forensic Mental Health Services

NALHN is seeking people with lived experience in mental health to participate on the Forensic Mental Health Services Implementation Project Working Groups.

They are also seeking Aboriginal people to provide representation, lived experience in mental health or as a carer of someone who has a mental health condition.

NAHLN are seeking Lived Experience Representatives to nominate to be involved in one of six Working Groups that will assist the implementation of recommendations from the Forensic Mental Health Service review. Nominations are sought as soon as possible, ideally via the nomination form link or alternatively they can be contacted via email:  Health.NALHNFMHSReviewImplementationProject@sa.gov.au

Nominees will be paid for their attendance at these meetings in line with the SA Health Sitting Fees and Reimbursement for External Individuals Policy. The time required is initially 1 hour per month, likely for 12 months. The exact time of each meeting differs but most are held on a Monday afternoon. 

[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.

[GET INVOLVED]: Represent people with a disability With JFA Purple Orange

JFA Purple Orange are making a database of people who would like to be contacted by Purple Orange when there is an opportunity to get involved in their work. This usually takes 1-2 hours and you may be paid for your time. They sometimes also have opportunities for people to tell their stories through social media. If you would like to be in this database, please fill out this short survey about your interests and availability: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SupportingPurpleOrange

[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.

[RESEARCH PROJECT]: Understanding the Roles, and Challenges Faced by Migrants in Healthcare Settings with The ANU

 

Sona Jerry is undertaking a research project with ANU on understanding the roles, and challenges faced by migrant consumer representatives in healthcare settings. It aims to examine the advocacy strategies they use, and the impact of these strategies on healthcare services. Special attention is given to the intersectionality of the consumers’ identities and the systemic barriers they encounter as well. 

For data collection, Sona will be interviewing 10 participants who self-identify as migrants, and are consumer representatives regarding their motivations for entering the field, and the challenges they have experienced. 

 

To participate, please fill in the google form: https://forms.gle/c7D5AyoWcwh7paHx5.

 

If you wish to contact Sona her details are: phone: 0420573681, or via email at sona.jerry@anu.edu.au

[SURVEY]: EDBridge: A Brief Emergency Department Intervention for Teens at Risk of Suicide with Monash Health

Monash Health are interested in developing a comprehensive program of support and helpful information for young people, parents, and caregivers. The first part of this research aims to produce a series of text messages for young people who present to an ED due to suicidal ideation or following an attempted suicide, and their parents/carers. These text messages will become part of the comprehensive brief intervention program made up of safety planning, text-message support, and a parent factsheet delivered in an emergency department by trained clinicians to support teens at risk of suicide and their parents/carers.

They are hoping to hear opinions from young people, parents/carers, and clinicians to help them develop this program. 
 

They are looking for:

  • Young people aged 16-24 with lived experience of suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide during ages 12-18 years
  • Parents and carers of a young person who experienced suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide during ages 12-18 years
  • Clinicians with at least one year experience in supporting teens with suicide-related concerns and their parents/carers

If you would like to take part or would like more information, click here.

[SURVEY]: Clozapine Video Project with NSW Health

 

NSW Health are conducting a research project on a video they made about the pros and cons of Clozapine. It was made by consumers, for consumers. You don’t have to be taking Clozapine to watch the video. They are seeking feedback from consumers, carers, health professionals, peer workers and any other interested parties.

 To watch the video click here.

To complete the survey click here.

 

[SURVEY] Help Seeking for Self-harm in Young People with the University of the Sunshine Coast

This project aims to investigate the facilitators and barriers to help-seeking for self-harm in young people by taking a systems thinking perspective to this issue.

We invite you to participate in this research project by completing an anonymous online survey. The online survey includes questions about your demographic background and your (personal or professional) experiences with help-seeking for self-harm in young people.

The survey will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete and you will be compensated $20 for your time.

For more information and to take part, 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

 

[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

Lived Experience Job Opportunities:

[PEER MENTOR]: Aspire Recovery Connection, Adelaide

 

ARC are holding two info sessions for this role on Thursday 9th May at 5:30 PM and Wednesday 15th May at 5:30 PM – if you want to know more about this role and attend, please email hello@aspirerecovery.com.au or register for the info session at:

Thursday 9/5 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aspire-recovery-connection-peer-mentor-info-session-tickets-895872487727

Wednesday 15/5 – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aspire-recovery-connection-peer-mentor-info-session-tickets-895900742237

 

Applications

Submit your CV along with a cover letter that outlines:

  • your lived experience of mental and emotional distress
  • your journey of recovery
  • how you will draw on your own lived experience and recovery journey to support others

About ARC

Aspire Recovery Connection is a for-purpose organization, delivering mental health services in the community. They are an authentic lived experience team providing recovery-oriented outreach support for people living with significant mental and emotional distress. Social justice, human rights, and compassion centered support is at the core of our business. Their team is supported and valued with regular career development and led by lived experience leaders who are here to make a real difference.

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

 

Benefits

  • Supportive environment that offers warmth, connection and emotional safety
  • 100% Lived Experience organisation
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Regular team building
  • Values that are upheld with everything we do

 

Qualifications & experience

  • Australian driver’s license (minimum P’s), reliable car and comprehensive car insurance
  • DHS/NDIS screening clearance
  • Experience in peer support mental health services
  • Lived experience of mental health and recovery
  • Minimum qualification required is Certificate III in Community Services or equivalent
  • First aid certificate is desirable

For more information and to apply, click here

 

 

[ABORIGINAL PROJECT OFFICER]: Telethon Kids Institute, applications close Thursday 23 May

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Project Officer will work within the cancer research area within the broader Indigenous Genomics Team to assist in the organisation, planning and recording of key community engagement activities for our cancer projects.

The role will include engaging with Aboriginal community members in South Australia to organise and assist with undertaking effective community engagement workshops, interviews and surveys, develop and manage a Cancer Community Reference Group and collect and manage data from engagement activities.

Reporting to the Postdoctoral Research Fellow who works within the cancer research program, this is a full-time role where the successful applicant will spend most of their time in the office and some time travelling and out in the field assisting the team in conducting community engagement activities.

The key to your success in this role will be your experience in the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in Aboriginal community engagement and building relationships with communities.
  • Some understanding and experience in undertaking projects and/or project coordination.
  • Some experience in working with and collecting qualitative data and thematic analysis.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and attention to detail, including a demonstrated ability to set goals, manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Some understanding of cancer and its impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Telethon Kids Institute are driving inclusion and diversity as part of the way they work and embrace the diverse career and life experiences of their staff. If you meet a number of the requirements (and not all), they encourage you to submit your application. They also encourage you to address any career disruptions (if applicable) you may have had in your cover letter.

For more information and to apply, click here

[SUPPORT WORKER]: ColourFull Abilities, Adelaide

ColourFull Abilities is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all individuals, including those in LGBTQIA+ communities. They recognise the unique needs and challenges faced by children and young people, especially within the community, and are committed to fostering an atmosphere that promotes their safety, well-being, and growth.

The Support Worker works alongside participants to provide a range of diverse  person-centered emotional and physical supports, while assisting participants to fulfill their NDIS plan goals.

ColourFull Abilities are looking for Support Workers who have an open heart, are highly organised and detail oriented. The prospective workers will have well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively with participants and their families, professionals and organisations. The prospective workers will have a genuine desire to provide care and support to vulnerable people as well as an ability to work in a changing work environment and to work both independently and as part of a team. It is important that the prospective worker has an awareness of the barriers that exist LGBTQIA+ people with disabilities.

For more information and to apply, click here

Learning Opportunities:

Spaces and Places to Connect:

[E-LEARNING]: Foundations of lived experience advocacy, leadership and governance

Free online learning modules for people who want to use their lived experience to inform decision making and influence change in the mental health and social services sector.

For more information, 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.

 

[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.

 

[CONNECT]: Lived Experience Connect with the Borderline Personality Disorder Collaborative (BPD Co), Friday 28 June 10.30AM

 

Are you someone with a lived experience of BPD (consumer or carer), who is currently involved, or curious about lived experience representation, advocacy or education?

You are invited to join BPD Co’s new network Lived Experience Connect!

The informal and online networking sessions will be hosted by Jess and Karen, Lived Experience Project Officers – Consumer and Carer.

Come along to share with each other about your projects/programs, build connections, or springboard your ideas and develop grass root innovations.

To register for this event, click here

[SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE]: Share Creative Work with Mindshare

mindshare is a creative mental health community and online platform that provides a voice for those with lived experience of mental illness.

It is a space where anyone and everyone can share personal experiences or thoughts connected to mental health, either in everyday observations or through art and storytelling. mindshare welcomes all original creative work—short stories, poetry, blog posts, podcasts, paintings, music recordings, photography, mini documentaries and much more.

For more information and to submit your creatve work, click here

[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.

 

[COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE]: Lived Experience Leadership & Change with LELAN, Wednesday 29 May

 

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 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

 

[CONNECT]: Weekly online drop-in sessions with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

Join the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) for their exciting new initiative – weekly drop-in sessions designed especially for young people like you! These informal online gatherings provide a unique opportunity for individuals from migrant, refugee, and international student backgrounds to have their voices heard and help shape MYAN’s national advocacy work.

Mark your calendars for the first 3 Wednesdays of the month from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm AEDT, with each session focusing on specific groups – young people from refugee backgrounds, young people from migrant backgrounds, and international students.

1st Wednesday: Young people from refugee background
2nd Wednesday: Young people from migrant background
3rd Wednesday: International student
To register, click here.