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Talk to Me Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Researchers from Curtin University are looking for people with an interest in mental health or a lived experience of mental illness to form a Reference Group. The groups role will be to consult on an online course being developed to educate University students in how to recognise the signs of suicide risk in their peers and strategies for managing mental health.

About the project/vacancy

The Talk to Me MOOC was developed in Germany as part of the World Health Organisation National Suicide Prevention program. Its aims are to educate University students around recognising the signs of suicidal behaviour and support action planning in a crisis situation. Researchers at Curtin University are working to adapt this program for Australians which aims to be rolled out for evaluation with University students in 2020.

About the position

We are looking for up to six people who have an interest in mental health, or a lived experience of mental illness. You do not have to be attending university or have completed university to participate in this steering group.

What am I expected to do?

As part of this project, you will participate in three meetings (between November 2019 and June 2020) to offer feedback on how an online suicide prevention program can be improved to ensure it is relevant to the Australian community.

Before the group meetings, you will be provided with some written/online material from the online course to read. This will take around 30 minutes.

Topics discussed in these meetings may include;

  • Understanding the signs of poor mental health
  • Suicidal ideation and self-injury
  • Strategies to support vulnerable people

What skills or experience do I need?

Be 18 years and over, living in Perth.

Have an interest in mental health, or a lived experience of mental illness and willing to discuss topics in a group of people with and without similar experiences.


How long am I expected to be involved?

There will be three meetings lasting one hour. Light refreshments will be provided.

It is anticipated the first will be held on November 4th. The other meetings will be planned in late January and June 2020. Exact dates will be confirmed closer to the time.

Where will meetings be held?

At the Curtin University campus in Bentley. There will be opportunity to participate online if you are unable to physically attend.

What support is offered?

If you take part, you will be paid $52.50 for each one hour meeting. We expect between 30-60 minutes of preparation time to view the content of the program prior to meetings.

You will also be provided with a number of support options if the process generates any level of distress.

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Applications close: 19 October 2019

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