Community Forums – Save the dates

  • FORUM 1: ABOUT ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE Monday 21st March 2022, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm AEDT on Zoom
  • FORUM 2: ABOUT ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE TRAINING & SETTING UP GROUPS Monday 4th April 2022, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm AEDT on Zoom
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Community Forum: Wed 29/9/21, 1:00 to 2:30pm (AEST)

The second Alt2Su NSW community information forum for 2021 will be a NSW-wide zoom event on Wednesday 29th September, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30pm AEST. 

Peers, non-peers, peer workers and other health and allied workers, friends, family, and anyone 18+ years old are welcome to attend. It’s an opportunity to find out all about the Alternatives to Suicide approach, the research project, and new groups being set up in NSW. Speaker-led presentations will be followed by Q&A.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.  Find out more, and register to attend.


A new Alternatives to Suicide peer support group is starting in Newtown

The new group will start on Tuesday 3rd August, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (NNC). It’s been a whole year since it’s been possible to meet in person it will be great to see everyone again. New peers are always very welcome.

We will be meeting in the Rainbow Room upstairs and out-the-back (there is also an elevator).  If you arrive after 6pm please use the RAINBOW ROOM intercom, to gain access.

If the covid situation continues to create uncertainty, please check the Groups page here on our website for details/confirmation, or register for email updates (use the form in the footer on this page).


Expressions of Interest for two casual Research Assistant roles

Alt2Su NSW is inviting expressions of interest for two lived experience/peer researchers to work in casual research roles in the second half of 2021. 

About the role

Your primary role will be to facilitate research interviews and/or focus groups with research

participants, who will be people who currently attend Alternatives to Suicide (Alt2Su) groups or who have been involved in Alt2Su in some way. 

You will be part of a small research team and will work in collaboration with the team for approximately 4 hours per week (hours per week will vary depending on the scheduling of research interviews with participants). The casual pay rate will be $50/hour.

About the research project

You will be working in a small research team on a project that is looking at the experiences of attending Alt2Su groups. Interviews will be recorded and transcribed by a professional transcription service.  A university-based researcher will provide you with some training on qualitative thematic analysis techniques.  You will then be involved in co-analysing the interview transcripts, in collaboration with others on the research team. 

It is anticipated that interviews/focus groups will take place in the second half of 2021. Analysis will take place following the interviews/focus groups, and the final stage of the project will involve the opportunity to contribute to a report and scholarly article.

Selection criteria

Essential criteria are experience with the Alternatives to Suicide approach/groups, and interest/experience in research. Highly desirable criteria are completion of Alternatives to Suicide group facilitation training.

How to apply

Please email with a copy of your resume and a one-page cover letter elaborating on your skills, experience and interest in the role.

The closing date for EOI applications is 9am Monday, 14th June, 2021.

Any questions? Please contact:

Inger Steiner, Alt2Su NSW Project Coordinator
Phone/text: 0423 904 270 



Group Facilitator Training dates have been confirmed.

We are pleased to announce that the three-day Alternatives to Suicide Group Facilitator Training will be held on:

May 25th, 26th and 27th (Tues, Wed, Thursday) 9:30am to 5:00pm. At the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre – just near Newtown Train Station.

!!Covid contingency plan!! In case of postponement  due to covid, the training will be held on  June 30th, July 1st and July 2nd, 9:30am to 5:00pm at the Marrickville Pavilion. 

This much-anticipated opportunity is unlikely to be offered again in 2021. 

If you would like to enquire or attend the training please let us know (if you haven’t already) using the web form on this page: 


Alt2Su Train The Trainer program February 2021

An Alternatives to Suicide Train The Trainer program will be offered to people who have completed the Group Facilitator Training course.

Sera and Martha from Western Mass Recovery Learning Community will present the 20 hour program throughout February 2021.

The session times in each time zone are:

  • Western Australia 9am to 11am AWST
  • Queensland 11am to 1pm AEST
  • NSW 12 to 2pm AEDT

Due to covid 19, the training will be delivered via zoom.


Invitation to Alt2Su folks to participate in a research co-design workshop

Research on Alternatives to Suicide in Australia is planned for the second half of 2021. We are very happy to announce Dr Emma Tseris will be the Principal Researcher, and a peer/lived experience Researcher will be engaged around May 2021.

The focus of this research project will be developed during co-design workshop with Emma and interested folks who have attended Alternatives to Suicide groups in Australia.

The co-design zoom workshop will be on Friday January 29th 2021 from 1pm to 4pm. We envisage two, one hour sessions… with a break midway to allow time for ideas to evolve.

Please contact us if you are interested in participating in the research project.