It's 100% free, confidential, and does not involve any medical or psychiatric treatment. Peer support facilitators all have training in peer support or mental health. You can choose from 1-on-1 peer support, or to join a peer support group with others from a similar field/level of training.
Support is available for anyone in the healthcare sector, including:
Non-clinical health staff
(I signed up) for collegial support. I'm in a group with two other registrars and an SHO, and we meet on zoom. We can share our work stresses, conflicts, anxieties, frustrations, and victories and reflect together and support each other. It's a refreshing space to be honest with colleagues that we don't work directly with.
-- from a psychiatry registrar in New Zealand
What happens after I sign up?
Expect a brief call from our triage team, who will ask about your preferences and motivations, in order to find a person or group that best suits your needs.
You'll receive an email formally welcoming you to the Hand-n-Hand network.
Finding a peer supporter
We will find a peer supporter (1-on-1 or group) that fits your preferences. This might take some time, depending on the facilitators available.
You will be introduced to your peer supporter via email. From there, you can arrange a time/frequency to meet that best suits you all.
Need help right now? Please seek crisis support instead:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636