Commissioned: Alternative to Suicide Approach

Adelaide PHN, in collaboration with Wellbeing SA and Country SA PHN, has funded the SA Lived Experience Leadership and Advocacy Network (LELAN) to trial the Alternative to Suicide – Peer Groups Model in South Australia. This 18 month project will run through to 30 June 2023.

The Alternatives to Suicide approach is a peer-based response to supporting people who have made suicidal attempts or who have experienced suicidal thoughts. It was developed in 2008 by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (USA). The practice consists of mutual support groups which provide a nonjudgmental space for discussing, sitting with, understanding, and possibly moving through suicidal thoughts. This peer-led group is a space for people 18+ years old with personal experiences of suicidal thoughts or actions to come together and talk about suicidal experiences and other forms of emotional distress without fear or being put through a crisis management system. 

For more information contact LELAN on 0431 953 526.

31 March 2022