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