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Peer support for family and friends workshop

Everymind, in partnership with the Family Carer Mental Health Program (Hunter New England Local Health District) and HMRI Healthy Minds Research Program, is holding a co-design workshop to better understand peer support options in the Hunter region for family, friends and service providers supporting someone experiencing suicidal distress.

Participants are invited to discuss what peer support could look like, what is getting in the way, and what collaborative actions could be taken to provide peer support opportunities for family and friends.

Family members or friends supporting someone experiencing suicidal distress and service providers for this group in the Hunter region are invited to take part. After the workshop, a recommendation report will be distributed to workshop attendees and partner organisations to help inform future initiatives supporting caregivers in the region.

"Peer support can be a valuable and effective support option for caregivers. Yet, little is known about the preferences of peer support directly from those with lived experience of supporting someone experiencing suicidal distress."

Dr Philippa Ditton-Phare, Everymind Project Lead.

"Exploring the benefits, challenges and availability of peer support from the perspective of family and friends is essential in understanding their needs as caregivers," added Dr Ditton-Phare.

The workshop will take place on Monday, 25 September, at the Calvary Mater Hospital Lecture Theatre from 8:30 - 11:30am.

Peer support workshop

If you are a family member or friend supporting someone experiencing suicidal distress or a service provider for this group in the Hunter region – this workshop is for you.

Click here to register

Published: 4 September 2023