Newsletter Dec-Jan 21 NSW Co-design Update

The Roses in the Ocean co-design team has been incredibly busy over these last few months with coordinating and facilitating local co-designs of the Alternatives to ED initiative across various Local Health Districts, (LHDs). Since our last update, we have launched eight co-design projects across six LHDs, with a seventh one starting in December. The LHDs we are currently working with are Nepean Blue Mountains, Mid North Coast, Murrumbidgee (Griffith and Wagga), Far West, Northern NSW (Lismore and Tweed Heads), and Western NSW (Dubbo and Parkes), with South Western Sydney starting in December. For more information about this project in these LHDs, click here and scroll down to view each LHD landing page.  

We have been working collaboratively with each LHD in promoting the co-design project to local people with lived experience of suicidal crisis and/or attempt; people who care for loved ones in crisis; other community stakeholders and health professionals in order to bring diverse voices to each project. While each location is unique, we are finding that many similar themes are emerging from each co-design. People with lived experience and health professionals alike are saying that each local safe space should provide a warm and welcoming environment that promotes and values the diversity, strengths, and life experiences of the guests that will enter the safe space.  

The roll-out of this initiative has taken place mostly virtually, with a couple of facetoface sessions being run where feasible and appropriate. There are many challenges of conducting a project virtually – technology doesn’t always play nice! But the advantages of bringing people together online is that more people can take part in suicide prevention activities from the comfort of their own home than ever before, which we think is pretty fantastic. It’s been a privilege to see diverse groups of people coming together online to collaborate on designing a safe space model that will suit the needs of their community.  

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