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Help us create an ‘Alternative to ED Safe Space’

24 Jul 2020

 

Expressions of interest are sought from health professionals and people with a lived experience of suicidal crisis to collaborate in the co-design of the ‘Alternative to emergency department (ED) safe space’ project within Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

 

The Alternative to ED service will provide a non-clinical, warm and welcoming space where people experiencing distress, suicidal thoughts and behaviours are able to connect with Suicide Prevention Peer Workers who have a lived experience of suicidal crisis or attempt. It is a place where they can find compassion, understanding, support and connections to other services and information they determine would be helpful.

 

The co-design process brings people with a lived experience of suicidal crisis or attempt together with other key stakeholders in the community to explore how best to meet the needs of people looking for alternatives to ED.

 

The co-design approach fosters a collaborative relationship between services users and service providers to help design a service that meets the needs of the people who will use it.

 

Through a series of focus conversations, group sessions, webinars and feedback loops, we will collectively design a safe space that people want to visit, and others are keen to connect people to.

 

The project is part of the NSW Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention 2018-2023.

 

Health professionals

It is vital to involve people with a broad professional background to bring a wide range of perspectives. Professionals from a number of key areas are invited to participate in the co-design group or to contribute to feedback loops. Register here or download the flyer for more information.

 

People with a lived experience

People with a lived experience of suicidal crisis are invited to collaborate and share invaluable feedback to identify and meet the needs of people who will use the space. Participation can be as part of the lived experience co-design group or as a contributor to feedback loops. Register here or download the flyer for more information.

 

What does it involve?

Depending on what role they elect, collaborators may participate in a combination of online zoom sessions and face-to-face (in the Blue Mountains area), live webinars and surveys. The sessions are led and facilitated by Roses in the Ocean, a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to suicide prevention informed by lived experience. Session dates are:

The expression of interest closes Monday 3 August 2020.

 

For 24-hour telephone crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14.