Peer CARE Companions

All Roses in the Ocean capacity-building workshops are lived experience informed, designed and delivered by professional facilitators who also have a personal lived experience of suicide.

Our Peer CARE Companion workshop is designed to assist people with a lived experience of suicide to see themselves as valuable contributors to suicide prevention and to appreciate what it takes to walk as a peer alongside someone needing support.

The two-day workshop teaches participants a range of skills that assist them to engage meaningfully and confidently with others who are in emotional pain and distress.  The workshop also equips participants to understand the importance of daily wellbeing practices and to develop their own robust self-care plan.

Peer CARE Companions can provide one-on-one, face-to-face and telephone support and friendship focused on compassionate, non-judgemental connection and empathy, providing insight and practical suggestions to assist people come to navigate life through a range of experiences including as a carer of someone in crisis,  suicide loss, or following suicidal thoughts and/or suicide attempt.

The Peer CARE Companions workshop is not designed to be a standalone peer support program for supporting people in suicidal crisis.

Who are Peer CARE Companions?

Compassion – Acceptance – Respect – Empathy

Peer CARE Companions are independent people identified, recruited, trained and supported by Roses in the Ocean, who have a lived experience of suicide and are stable in their own recovery. They also believe they have something positive to offer others going through a similar experience to their own, as they seek to find their path to recovery or in the case of suicide loss, come to terms with their ‘new normal’. They work alongside an experienced peer worker or support coordinator.

Peer CARE Companions can provide one-on-one, face-to-face and telephone support and friendship focused on compassionate, non-judgemental connection and empathy, providing insight and practical suggestions to assist people come to navigate life after a range of experiences including caring for someone in crisis,  suicide loss, or following suicidal thoughts and/or suicide attempt.

Who is the program for?

This two-day workshop is designed for specifically to provide either –
1) a soft overlay of the nuances of peer work in the suicide context for people with existing peer worker expertise in another health setting; or
2) basic skills and context for lived experience of suicide volunteer peers moving into soft peer roles supporting an existing peer workforce.

This workshop is delivered in conjunction with, and following Lived Experience training and ASIST.

As a result of attending the Peer CARE Companions Program participants will be equipped with

  • A deeper understanding of their lived experience and how it can be utilised to support others facing similar experiences.

  • An appreciation for the perspectives of other people with a different lived experience to their own

  • Clarity of what practical and emotional strategies/activities were useful for them, that may help others

  • Knowledge of appropriate messaging and language when discussing suicide and their own lived experience, including boundaries of disclosure

  • Confidence to engage meaningfully with others who are in emotional pain and distress

  • The importance of establishing boundaries and empowering others in doing so

  • Ability to identify early invitations for help seeking from the people they are supporting.

  • Understanding how to connect people to appropriate support – both informal and professional

  • The importance of being able to support someone when the personal values of others may conflict with your own

  • Robust self-care plans and personal awareness of the importance of daily wellbeing practices

To express your interest in attending one of our capacity-building workshops, please complete this form.