About the Embedding Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Su) Project: 

Throughout 2022 and 2023 LELAN is bringing the Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Su) approach to South Australia. Alternatives to Suicide was developed by the Wildflower Alliance (formerly the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community) in the US. 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.

Five ‘pilot’ groups targeting different demographics were formed in late 2022 (see https://www.lelan.org.au/alt2su-groups/ ). In 2023, additional groups will emerge from this work and inform the conceptualisation and design of future lived experience-led alternatives.

Eligibility:

Alternatives to Suicide Peer Group Facilitator Training is available to people aged over 18 in South Australia with a personal lived experience of suicide distress, who want to facilitate Alt2Su groups. Facilitators need to be willing to openly identify as such in the groups. Applicants will need to be ready, willing and able to commit to facilitating the groups once completing the training.

An Information Session about Being an Alt2Su Peer Group Facilitator will be held online on Wednesday February 8th (1pm). This session provides the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what facilitating an Alt2Su group looks like and the support that LELAN can provide. You can register for the session here.
 
3-Day Alt2Su Peer Group Facilitator Training:
 
The next 3-day Alt2Su Peer Group Facilitator Training session is scheduled for Monday February 27th to Wednesday March 1st. Attendance at all sessions is required to successfully complete the training.

About the Training: 

Facilitator training will be held in person over three days (9am to 5pm) on Mon Feb 27th, Tues Feb 28th and Wed Feb 1st at The Joinery on Franklin St. Participants will not be reimbursed for the training but training costs and catering are covered.

If you want to be an Alt2Su Peer Group Facilitator respond to the questions below. Expressions of Interest close Monday Feb 20th at 5pm and people will be notified soon after. For further information, visit www.lelan.org.au/alt2su or contact us via tanya@lelan.org.au or 0431 953 526.

Please note that your responses below are used by LELAN to increase our understanding of who is engaging with our projects and work. As an organisation we are committed to including diverse perspectives and ensuring that various identities and experiences that people bring to the lived experience community are recognised. We will not disclose personal and/or identifying information about a person without their consent or in a way that they do not agree with. You have the option of providing no response if uncomfortable or unsure of disclosing this information, particularly for questions five and six.
 


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* 1. Your details:

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* 2. Please indicate which of the following best applies to you.

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* 3. Please confirm your availability for the following:
To attend all sessions of the Peer Facilitator Training on the 27th, 28th of February and 1st of March
To facilitate weekly or fortnightly groups of 90 minutes duration with another facilitator;
To attend monthly Group Facilitator Co-reflections (2hrs).

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* 4. Please indicate which locations in Adelaide you are available to facilitate groups:

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* 5. Some information about the way you personally identify (please tick as many as apply):

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* 6. Some information about your personal lived experience (please check as many as apply)

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* 7. Why do you want to be a Peer Facilitator for Alternatives to Suicide support groups?

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* 8. Tell us about the skills, experience and ideas you will bring to Alternatives to Suicide groups as a Facilitator? 

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* 9. Please read the following article about Alternatives to Suicide: https://www.communitypsychology.com/new-approach-to-suicide/
What did you think about the information provided in the article about the Alternatives to Suicide approach? What resonated for you and do you have any concerns?

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* 10. Is there anything that will make your participation in the training sessions easier or more comfortable?

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* 11. If you could suggest one radical or innovative idea for how to improve things for people experiencing suicide distress or crisis what would you suggest?

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* 12. Thank you for taking the time to complete these questions and your commitment to using your lived experience for change. You will receive a phone call from our peer project worker Tanya to notify you of next steps by Wednesday February 22. 

If you need more notice as to whether or not you are successful (e.g. to take time off work), or if you have any questions please reach out to Peer Project Worker Tanya at tanya@lelan.org.au or call LELAN on 0431 953 526.

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