Co-Designing Suicide Prevention Peer Worker Training for Carers


Lived Experience of Suicide Summit Workshop


Organisation Involved: Roses in the Ocean

Workshop Facilitators: Bronwen Edwards

Workshop Duration: 3 hours


This workshop is an opportunity for people with a lived experience of caring for a person who is in suicidal crisis to contribute to a co-design process. We are co-designing professional development training for carer peer workers who support people who care for someone in suicidal crisis. This training will be called the SP Peer Worker Program (Carer Support) and will be part of a series of training developed by Roses in the Ocean, which includes SP Peer Worker Program (Crisis Support) and SP Peer Worker Program (Bereavement Support). The workshop will explore lived experience perspectives on the needs of carers during this difficult time and the best way to meet these needs. Participants will be invited to share examples of challenges they have faced when caring for a person in suicidal crisis so that the training can prepare carer peer workers to respond. We will also identify important qualities that carers seek in a peer worker and carer priorities for the training.


Expected Workshop Outcomes:

  • Carers have the opportunity to share their experiences in a supportive environment with other carers and be heard
  • Satisfaction of using lived experience to make a difference for other carers
  • Carer perspectives will influence and inform support services for carers
  • The workshop will help with the development of the first specialised training for carer peer workers who work in suicide prevention

About the Facilitators:

Tina Kenny: Tina is the SP Peer Workforce Manager at Roses in the Ocean and is responsible for providing professional development and support services for the emerging Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce. Tina is an experienced peer worker, teacher and adult educator. She led the development of Roses in the Ocean’s SP Peer Worker Program and has extensive experience developing courses for the Mental Health Coordinating Council and the SES Recovery and Wellbeing College. Tina was part of the facilitation team for the local co-design of Safe Havens across NSW and is passionate about finding ways to meet the unmet needs of people impacted by suicide.