Expanding the Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce - An Urgent and Rapid Solution to Australia’s Suicide Prevention Challenge
The suicide prevention peer workforce is a critical but underdeveloped element of Australia’s emerging suicide prevention system.
In Expanding the Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce: An Urgent and Rapid Solution to Australia’s Suicide Prevention Challenge, Roses in the Ocean is calling for a national prioritisation of suicide prevention peer work so that:
- people in distress can easily and quickly find support without needing to first access clinical services
- pressure on over-stretched emergency departments, phone lines and Medicare-funded services is reduced
- and the economic cost of suicide is decreased.
For suicide prevention peer work to be sustainable and effective, supportive strategies are needed within organisations employing peer workers. A substantial increase in the availability of peer workers is needed alongside the reform of services to ensure compassionate work environments and well informed managers and executives.
A 1 hour webinar on Expanding the Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2023 at 11am AEST, hosted by Stephen Scott, General Manager - Strategy & Policy, and featuring reflections on policy and practice from a national panel of experienced suicide prevention peer workers including:
- Dominique Pezzutto (TAS)
- Mark Ellis (NSW)
- David Kelly (WA)
- Amy Corcoran (VIC)
Government organisations, suicide prevention services, research centres, suicide prevention peer workers and all people with lived experience of suicide are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Roses in the Ocean.