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 7th October, 7 - 8.30pm AEST
Dealing with upsetting news content
We can often want to keep up to date with current news and events, but sometimes what we see in the media can be upsetting, overwhelming, or even triggering. Join this conversation to talk together about how we can look after ourselves when managing our relationship with the media.
Thursday 21st October, 7 - 8.30pm AEST
Caring for yourself while caring for someone else
So that we are able to best support the people in our lives, it's important that we remember to care for ourselves too. This can look different for everyone and it can be tricky to navigate the balance of caring for yourself and others for the same time. Join us for a conversation around self-care, prioritising our well-being and an opportunity to share and learn from each other.
Add a question or suggest a future topic below
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.
- 20 May - Working and studying with complex mental health issues
- 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!"