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Peer Group Chat

An anonymous, guided live chat on a mental health topic, led by peer workers with backup from counsellors. 

SANE Australia is excited to trial a fortnightly Peer Group Chat for people with complex mental health issues as well as family, friends and carers!

Peer Group Chats focus on a specific topic and are guided by peer workers with lived experience of mental health issues. Counsellors are in the background to make sure chats are as safe as possible for participants.

Our next group chat topic

Toxic positivity

Thursday 2nd December, 7 - 8.30pm AEDT

Have you ever had someone say to you: 'Lift your chin up! it's not so bad,' or maybe, 'You can overcome anything with the right attitude!'? These comments are often intended to make us feel better but can actually make us feel worse. This is sometimes called 'toxic positivity'. Join us, in this Online Peer Group to discuss Toxic Positivity, it's impacts and how you might respond!

Being kind to yourself

Thursday 16th December, 7 - 8.30pm AEDT

It can be really hard to practice self-kindness for a number of reasons, but it’s also super important and something that we are all deserving and worthy of. Let’s come together to share ideas on ways we might be able to practice self-kindness in our lives.   

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Participate in our Peer Group Chat

Chats take place in the chat box below or for mobiles by clicking the blue speech bubble at the bottom right of your screen. To join and comment follow these steps:

  1. Sign up with a username, email, and password.
  2. Enter the verification code sent to your email address.
  3. That’s it! You can start commenting.

To follow the chat but not comment, simply click 'Enter as a guest' and create a username only. 

Chats are anonymous, so make sure your username does not identify you in real life.

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For any questions about how the chat works including technology issues please check out our Peer Group Chat: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Important: group chats are peer spaces, so if you need one-to-one support please reach out to our counselling support team. In the case that you are at risk we will direct you to crisis services. If there is immediate risk we will work with you to reach out to emergency services.

Read previous Peer Group Chats

You can view the transcripts from past chats. They are full of great information, discussion, and suggestions from others.

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Group guidelines

Our guidelines are essential to creating a safe online peer space. These guidelines will be reviewed and updated with feedback from group participants. We encourage you to read the guidelines before joining a chat so that you can participate knowing your responsibilities to other group participants and exactly how we create a safe environment for everyone.

Please note that our peer group chat is only available for participants within Australia.

Our guidelines prioritise the following principles, which apply to a participant’s username and comments:

"It was a joy to participate last night and it was interesting and inspiring to hear how others had coped... and promoted self-care for themselves"

"The peer group was really great, and I hope it can be a regular thing!"

If you need immediate support and can’t reach us, contact the services below. In an emergency contact 000.