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
Thursday 12th August, 7 - 8.30pm AEST
Lessons in Lockdown
Let's share and reflect on some of the things we have learnt from lockdown, from fighting off boredom and navigating overwhelm and uncertainty to remaining connected.
Thursday 26th August, 7 - 8.30pm AEST
Creating and Keeping Routines
Having structure and routine in our lives can be valuable to our wellbeing; if there is not enough structure or routine, we might notice a negative impact on our mental health. Especially for people living in covid lockdown, where many routines or activities have been disrupted, keeping up new, positive routines may be particularly important. This group is open to anyone who'd like to chat with others about developing better routines in their life.
Add a question for the chat in advance
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:
- Sign up with a username, email, and password.
- Enter the verification code sent to your email address.
- 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.
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.
- 6 May - How and why we take care of ourselves
- 22 Apr - Finding good support professionals for you
- 8 Apr - Early warning signs
- 25 Mar - Opening up about your mental health
- 11 Mar - Recovery: Skillsets for greater resilience
- 25 Feb - Relationships: Maintaining boundaries when experiencing complex mental health issues
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!"