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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~Oscar Wilde
Why join Survivors of Suicide as a volunteer?
Survivors of Suicide is the longest running mental health group in Second Life. We have close to 1,500 members and lots of weekly, monthly, and annual activities - all geared towards helping our members and reaching out to the Second Life community at large. Our goal is twofold; Firstly, to provide peer support to anyone who is experiencing a mental health crisis or are on their journey to recovery. Secondly, to raise awareness and inform the general Second Life community about suicide prevention and mental health issues in general.
The sad truth is that, even in 2020, there is still far too much stigma surrounding suicide and mental health issues. Every year, one in four people will experience some sort of mental health issue, yet it is a conversation many people find difficult to have. The portrayal of mentally ill people in news and popular media more often than not only helps reinforce negative stereotypes and misconceptions about people with mental ill health. Despite the existence of effective treatments for mental disorders, many people believe that they are untreatable. People with mental health issues are often maligned and disregarded as difficult, unintelligent, incapable of making their own decisions, and someone to be feared. This stigma often leads to abuse, rejection, isolation, and exclude people from getting the help they need.
By volunteering your time and skills with Survivors of Suicide, you can make a meaningful and lasting difference for someone who is going through the most difficult time of their lives. You will be joining an established organisation, dedicated to helping people and fighting the damaging stigmas surrounding mental health issues and suicide. You will receive training and guidance in order to develop skills that you can transfer into other areas of your personal and professional life. All our staff are unpaid volunteers, though all expenses relating to Survivors of Suicide will be covered by our budget.
Peer support is at the heart of everything we do at SOS. A Peer Mentor is someone who has been through their own crisis and come out the other side with invaluable insight and experience that can help others through a crisis and on their journey to recovery.