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Suicide Prevention Peer Mentors and Educators

Wilkinson Lowe P/L
  • Utilise your personal lived experience of suicide to either facilitate specialist suicide prevention peer worker training and/or provide peer mentoring and professional development to peer workers in suicide prevention services
  • Channel your passion for helping others and working in the NFP sector (part-time and casual opportunities exist)
  • Full training and ongoing support

Roses in the Ocean exists to save lives and reduce emotional distress and pain.

They do this by innovating and transforming suicide prevention and driving and delivering system reform through the expertise of people with lived experience of suicide. They support organisations and government to engage and integrate lived experience expertise effectively and meaningfully.

Everyone who works within Roses in the Ocean has a lived experience of suicide which is defined as ‘having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through suicidal crisis, or been bereaved by suicide.’

About the Role

An opportunity exists to join Australia’s leading lived experience of suicide organisation as they continue to develop the emerging suicide prevention peer workforce in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.  We are seeking people with a lived experience of suicide who have experience in formal peer worker roles to join their expanding team of suicide prevention Peer Mentors and Peer Educators.

Successful applicants will hold either Intentional Peer Support Certification and/or a Certificate IV in Peer Work and suicide prevention training such as ASIST and have the desire and additional capacity to devote at least 4 days per month to Roses in the Ocean for both on-line and face-to-face support.

Peer Mentors

Roses in the Ocean Peer Mentors will be trained to facilitate structured solutions-focussed conversations in individual peer mentoring and group co-reflection sessions with Suicide Prevention Peer Workers to provide independent support and professional development.

This would be a perfect role for either an existing peer mentor or a peer worker who has experience supporting people impacted by suicide and is looking to use their experience and knowledge to support others in the profession in a part-time or casual role.

Peer Educators

Roses in the Ocean Peer Educators will be trained to deliver a highly interactive professional development program for Suicide Prevention Peer Workers, drawing on their knowledge of peer values, principles and approaches.

This would be a perfect role for an existing peer educator or a peer worker who has experience facilitating training, speaking in a public forum or facilitating discussions in groups.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • A lived experience of suicidal crisis and/or bereavement through suicide and an understanding of the impact it has on families, workplaces, friends and communities.
  • Extensive experience working in a peer work role that involved using lived experience to support people who are experiencing a suicidal crisis, have survived a suicide attempt or have been bereaved through suicide
  • Completion of foundational peer work training (ie - Intentional Peer Support and/or Certificate IV in Peer Work) and suicide prevention training (ie – ASIST) or equivalent experience
  • Ability to establish safety, maintain safety and respond to safety needs of individuals and groups
  • Demonstrated ability to have challenging conversations and manage group discussions involving diverse perspectives
  • Demonstrated capacity to maintain confidentiality and professional standards of behaviour in difficult and sensitive circumstances.
  • Have robust self-care practices, including an understanding of the causes of vicarious trauma and the self-awareness to reach out for support.
  • A good understanding of how to effectively navigate digital platforms such as zoom
  • A willingness to travel

Desirable Attributes

  • A commitment to the values of Roses in the Ocean
  • A disposition and approach that gains the confidence and respect of others
  • Proactive in seeking new knowledge, building relationships and consulting others
  • Calm, composed and solutions focused, including when under stress
  • Self-aware and responsive to own wellbeing needs
  • Perceptive, flexible, and ready to adapt to individual needs
  • Adopts a rights-based approach, respects diverse identities and is mindful of the impact of power
  • Willing to identify openly as having lived-experience of suicide and to use lived-experience purposefully to further the needs of staff and the program

For more information about the organisation and their services please visit www.rosesintheocean.com.au

For more information about these roles please contact Sue Wilkinson on 0413 441 260 after 4th January, 2022.

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