In Expanding the Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce: An Urgent and Rapid Solution to Australia’s Suicide Prevention Challenge, Roses in the Ocean is calling for a national prioritisation of suicide prevention peer work so that:
- people in distress can easily and quickly find support without needing to first access clinical services
- pressure on over-stretched emergency departments, phone lines and Medicare-funded services is reduced
- and the economic cost of suicide is decreased.
For suicide prevention peer work to be sustainable and effective, supportive strategies are needed within organisations employing peer workers. A substantial increase in the availability of peer workers is needed alongside the reform of services to ensure compassionate work environments and well informed managers and executives.
A 1 hour webinar on Expanding the Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce was held on Wednesday 15 February 2023 at 11am AEST/midday AEDT/9am AWST, hosted by Stephen Scott, General Manager – Strategy & Policy, and featuring reflections on policy and practice from a national panel of experienced suicide prevention peer workers including:
- Dominique Pezzutto (Tasmania)
- Mark Ellis (NSW)
- Caroline Allen (NSW)
- Michael Cook (National Suicide Prevention Office)