Stephen Scott (Mgr Suicide Prevention), Dr David Alcorn (Clinical Director ISLHD), Carrie Lumby (Lived Experience – Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative and ISLHD Steering Committee), Bronwen Edwards (CEO, Roses in the Ocean) – watch recorded webinar
Find answers to questions being asked by various LHDs regarding Lived Experience Advisory Groups and the co-design process for Alt to ED Safe Spaces. This is being added to regularly as questions arise.
Our involvement in Toward Zero Suicide Initiatives
Lived Experience of suicide engagement –Roses in the Ocean has been contracted by the Ministry of Health to support the meaningful engagement of people with a lived experience of suicide across all of the Towards Zero Suicides initiatives which form part of the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention 2018-2023. In some LHDs this will see the establishment of Lived Experience Advisory Groups (LEAGs) , while in others it may be the provision of lived experience training to new members to join existing lived experience networks. Two lived experience workshops, Our Voice in Action and LaunchPad, will be offered to LHDs.
In 2019, Roses in the Ocean established the NSW Ministry of Health LEAG who work closely with Stephen Scott and his team. It is hoped that members of the MoH LEAG will also participate in their local LHD LEAG providing a natural and valuable to connection between the two groups.
Alternatives to ED safe spaces co-design –Roses in the Ocean has been contracted by the Ministry of Health to lead and/or support the co-design of twenty Alternative to ED safe spaces. LHDs who have experience in co-design and may have already commenced this process will be able to indicate how Roses in the Ocean and Beacon Strategies can further support their work.
Lived Experience Gatekeeper training – a pilot will be conducted in two LHD regions, Hunter New England and Western NSW, to build the capacity of community members with a lived experience of suicide to become community ‘TouchPoints’ trainers able to deliver the lived experience designed and delivered gatekeeper workshop. Roses in the Ocean is working with key organisations in each LHD to identify local trainers, deliver the TouchPoints Train the Trainer and a series of workshops to provide further on the job training. Local trainers will then deliver additional TouchPoints workshops in the region over the following nine months. Each LHD will receive a total of twelve TouchPoints workshops during the pilot. The licensing model is designed to build capacity and sustainability within community.
Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce Development – the SP Peer Worker Development Program provides a supportive and non-judgmental space for Peer Workers to consider the practice guidance provided by general Peer Work courses, such as Intentional Peer Support and the Certificate IV in Peer Work, and gain understanding and skill in applying this in the context of suicide prevention. It specifically focuses on what Peer Work values, principles and approaches mean in the challenging environment of a suicide prevention service and how to manage difficulties that are unique to this environment. Read more
We understand that all LHDs are incredibly busy across numerous Towards Zero Suicides initiatives. Roses in the Ocean is here to assist in whatever way we can add value to your work.
Considerations for local health districts
If you already have an established group of people with a Lived Experience of suicide, you may like to offer the Roses in the Ocean training to additional interested LE community members to join your existing group.
Once the LEAG is formed they provide a unique and integral resource of lived experience insights and perspectives to the following initiatives within the LHDs across NSW:
1.Alternatives to ED – safe spaces
2.Zero Suicides in Care
3.Suicide Prevention Outreach Teams
4.Post Suicide Support initiatives
Larger LHD regions are being offered the equivalent of 2 x LEAG workshops – 20 LE people trained
You may choose to have two groups – one centrally located close to your LHD office so face to face meetings are feasible and one group made up of people from all other parts of your region; OR simply train twenty people from across the region and connect with them via virtual means
Ongoing LEAG co-ordinationLocal Health District’s Role
Nominate a staff member to coordinate the ongoing LEAG meetings and involvement
Engage the LEAG in monthly meetings to discuss and enable contribution into LHD activity in Towards Zero Suicide initiatives
Embed members of the LEAG into various working groups, co-design projects, Steering Group / Implementation Committees etc