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A peer support response to thoughts and feelings of suicide: alternatives to suicide peer support groups

This webinar was presented by Joe Calleja to the Suicide Prevention On Line Summit on 12 April 2019 organised by the Mental Health Academy of Australia.

Alternatives to Suicide – a peer support approach for supporting people experiencing suicidal distress

The Alternatives to Suicide approach was developed by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community over twelve years ago. It is a non-clinical peer only support group which has trained peers as facilitators. The webinar link below will take you to a recorded webinar co-produced by the Western Mass RLC and the National Empowerment Centre in the US. It is a presentation with a Q&A and, although it is almost two hours long including the Q&A, it provides detailed information that will help us understand how non clinical peer support is a legitimate support that should be included in the range of responses offered to people who are experiencing suicidal distress.

We have also attached an ethics approved evaluation of a group which has been functioning in Western Australia for over two years.  This evaluation, although based on a small sample, provides validation for the importance of peer support as an additional support in response to suicidal distress.

Evaluating DISCHARGED Suicide Peer Support

Will Hall talking about suicide

This You Tube video by Will Hall from the US provides a succinct commentary on why traditional responses to suicide are not working. It is only three minutes long and is worth watching.