Alternatives to Suicide is an innovative peer led suicide prevention program from the Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (USA). Being and inside out & associates australia are pleased to bring Caroline Mazel-Cartlon and Sera Davidow to Sydney to outline how this approach evolved and why it has been so successful.

The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support recovery at both the individual and community level through trauma-sensitive peer supports and the development of a regional network. They believe that human relationships are at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional states, trauma, mental health diagnoses and a variety of other challenges in life. Their lived experience and ‘humanness’ is what unites them. Their stories, collective wisdom and strength are what guide them and their community to wellness. You can view further information about this program and the Western Mass RLC at http://www.westernmassrlc.org/alternatives-to-suicide.

Sera and Caroline will share their knowledge and experience with this approach at the Alternatives to Suicide Forum – their only public event during a brief stopover in Sydney. Please note that Bookings are essential for this FREE forum.

We acknowledge the generous support and initiative of MercyCare, Western Australia, in bringing the Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support training to Australia. We’d also like to thank Flick Grey and the volunteer team at Alternatives Melbourne (AlternativesMelb@gmail.com) for letting us know about the Alternatives to Suicide approach.

For information about other Alternatives to Suicide events with Sera Davidow and Caroline Mazel-Carlton during their visit to Australia, go to www.mercycare.com.au/ats-2018 (Perth) or contact AlternativesMelb@gmail.com (Victoria).