Launching October 2020, Group Support provides a safe and supported environment to connect with peers, share experiences, learn skills and strategies as a collective, and be guided by your Second Steps Lived Experience Facilitators.
Group Support gives you the opportunity to connect with others, in person or online, who have shared a journey similar to yours. These connections can form good practice for communicating effectively with others and developing self-confidence.
Each support group will provide an opportunity for you to share elements of your personal journey as an attempt survivor or carer. Additionally, your Second Steps Support Person will guide topic-based discussions for you to discover and practice useful skills and strategies in a supportive environment.
Our group program remains open, which means you may join at any time. Each month your group will meet in-person or online. Additionally you will have a chance to participate in monthly wellbeing challenges facilitated by your Second Steps Support Person.
If you think a different style of support may better suit your individual needs and goals, Second Steps also offers Individual Support and Online Support for suicide attempt survivors and carers.
“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