Carer Support

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Carer Support

Support that cares about caring

Launching October 2020, Carer Support consists of informative workshops hosted by a Second Steps Lived Experience Facilitator. Each workshop will engage you in topic-based discussions, provide opportunities to connect and share with other carers, and invite questions of our facilitators. Contact us for affordable pricing options.

 

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Face-face workshops for family or friends supporting someone after a suicide attempt to increase connections, improve self-care, and discover lived experience-based skills and strategies.

STEP INTO SUPPORT THAT MEETS YOUR STYLE

Carer Support is group based, flexible, and provides an opportunity to share and discover via lived experience expertise

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Develop Supportive Connections

Connect with others in person, who have experienced or are on a journey similar to yours. The connections you make at a Carer Support session can be invaluable and may last a life time.

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There is no manual for supporting a loved one

We understand that your loved one didn’t come with a manual for how to best give care and every individual and circumstance is unique.

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Discover through discussion

Workshops allow plenty of time for meaningful discussion. It’s within these discussions that you can discover insightful tips and strategies to help you give support to your loved one while offering self-care and self-compassion to yourself.

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Attend regularly or infrequently

Workshops are independent of one another so you can attend as many or as few as you choose. This means you can make new connections and strengthen others each time you attend. Topics are aligned with the needs of the group each session.

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We made it ours

Make Second Steps your next step

“My family weren’t supportive of me after my suicide attempt. I felt very alone; like I had no one to talk to that could understand. I see a therapist now, but I was really looking to connect with people who knew a bit about what I’ve been through. The Online Support group has been welcoming and understanding. I’ve learnt a lot since joining. I don’t feel so alone now; I feel part of something, and I understand there are people out there just like me.”

Attempt Survivor – Carindale, QLD, 20

“I often wonder, why we haven’t had a service like Second Steps until now. I spent so long looking after my son after his suicide attempt, I forgot how to put myself first. Second Steps has reminded me of the importance of self-care for carers. I’ve learned things, not just from other carers, but also from people with lived experience of a suicide attempt. Being able to hear about both sides of the story has really put things into perspective for me and it’s brought me a bit closer to my son as well.”

Carer – Allambie Heights, NSW, 49

“I didn’t want to keep calling a crisis line every time I had thoughts of suicide but it was the only way I knew how to get help with the thoughts. Since joining the Online Support group, I’ve discovered other strategies to help me manage the thoughts myself, and the people online have been really supportive as I’ve learned to practice them. What I like about Second Steps is that I can jump online whenever, browse other people’s posts, and ask questions or just vent, and I know someone will respond.”

Attempt Survivor – Bendigo, VIC, 33