Alternatives to Suicide is an innovative peer led suicide prevention program from the Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community (USA). MercyCare is pleased to bring Lisa Forrestal and Caroline White to Perth to outline how this approach evolved and why it has been so successful.

The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support recovery at both the individual and community level through trauma-sensitive peer supports and the development of a regional network. They believe that human relationships are at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional states, trauma, mental health diagnoses and a variety of other challenges in life. Their lived experience and ‘humanness’ is what unites them. Their stories, collective wisdom and strength are what guide them and their community to wellness. You can view further information about this program and the Western Mass RLC at

The presenters will share their knowledge about this approach at this forum in Perth, which is their only stopover in Australia.

Alternatives to Suicide Forum

8.30am – 12.30pm

20 February 2017,

The Rise, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands,

Perth, Western Australia 

You can register your interest by emailing .  Registrations will be opened soon and you will be sent a registration form if you have registered your interest.  Attendance is only by pre-registration as there will not be the opportunity to register on the day. The registration form will soon be available at


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