The group is structured to support safe, honest sharing of thoughts, feelings & experiences in a stigma-free, caring environment. Research shows that supporting people to share openly about difficult subjects with others with similar experiences helps build resilience & coping. It reduces the sense of aloneness, isolation & stigma described by many people affected by suicide.
Each month SBSG addresses a different key issue associated with suicide of a loved one. Facilitators make sure information & resources provided are up to date & aimed at supporting SBSG members in their areas of need.
Each group is facilitated by two crisis support trained people who because of personal and/or family experience of suicide, suicide ideation or suicide bereavement, share empathic understanding and a commitment to healing.
Groups are limited to approximately eight participants. Group members maintain conduct consistent with Lifeline principles of respect and courtesy. There is no pressure on group members to share or participate beyond what each wants & is comfortable with.