These training modules are for people with a lived experience of mental ill-health, their families and carers and for lived experience/peer workers in mental health. 

Available courses

Protecting yourself from emotional vulnerability and burnout

Feeling vulnerable and emotionally exposed or taken advantage of in your roles as mental health advocates sadly is a very common experience, and potentially emotionally triggering for many.Add to the emotional triggers a feeling of fatigue and exhaustion and you could have a very dangerous combination of excess mental load topped off with emotional flooding.Terms such as burnout, moral injury, and moral distress are often used to describe distress in clinicians and more broadly health care settings, but what about those that are working alongside clinicians in health and community settings to improve the same systems that clinicians and others work within?Our guest speaker should know, she has experienced first hand the outcome of letting her passion for mental health advocacy become an a…

Spotlight on Young Carers

This webinar discusses young carers (ages from 8- 25) and their unique positioning in our communities as they care for a family member.The webinar is for service providers, schools, carers or anyone interested in learning more about young carers in our communityBringing together a very knowledgeable panel, we explore how we identify and talk about young carers, the impact of being a young carer, the supports and resources available to them, and highlight the need for systemic advocacy for this under-represented yet admirable group of individuals.A “young carer” is a person between 8 – 25yrs who helps support a member of their household who is experiencing a mental health challenge, disability, long term health condition (including a chronic condition or terminal illness), a substanc…

Understanding the roles and types of psychologists

Did you know there are several different types of psychologists in Australia?

Following on from the launch of our national report on consumers’ and carers’ experiences of Psychological Services (, LEA is pleased to bring you this webinar that aims to build understanding of the Roles of Psychologists. 

We are joined by Ms Tamara Cavenett, President of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Professor Caroline Hunt, President of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and Professor Sharon Lawn, Executive Director Lived Experience Australia.

Advocacy Skills for Peer Workers Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of key advocacy skills that support peer workers or lived experience workers in their role.

Presented by Darren Jiggins, Lived Experience Australia and Lizzie Graham, LEWP Mental Health Coalition of SA

In this webinar, Darren and Lizzie talk about the application of advocacy skills to the peer work role in the contexts of self-advocacy for the role, advocacy for those we journey alongside and advocating within our organisations for change.

Current and Emerging Peer Worker Webinar

The Peer Workforce is a unique discipline providing a valuable contribution to the mental health sector for consumers and carers.For current and emerging peer workers, we are very pleased to bring you insights from Heather Nowak, one of Australia’s leading advocates in peer workforce design, planning, and training in Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work.Heather Nowak and Darren Jiggins explore aspects of the Peer Workforce to support you in your crucial role of working with consumers, families and carers with lived experience.

The Power of Mentoring Webinar

In this webinar you are given insights into how to find a mentor, be a great mentor and learn from a mentor as a mentee. This webinar aims to inspire you in your daily lives and give you some new inspiration as we move into a new year. Mentorship builds a strong sense of belonging, non-judgemental guidance, understanding and peer to peer lived experience support. Hosted by Simone Allan NSW Director LEA and Founder of The Mentor Evolution.

Advocacy Skills Videos & Tip Sheets

These five advocacy skills videos and tip sheets provide consumers, families and carers with the skills to advocate for individual and organisational changes in mental health.

Topics covered include:

Looking after yourself

Briefing and debriefing

Keeping the enthusiasm going

Reflection and evaluation

Advocacy and the organisation

Advocacy Skill Builder Webinars

This free webinar series has been created specifically for Consumers and Carers who want to take the next step into advocacy.

Each webinar has a subject matter expert as a guest speaker, as well as our own lived experience facilitator, to help you further develop the skills that are beneficial as an advocate.  

If you are looking to contribute to improvements to mental health services, these webinars will cover these 6 key topics:

Advocacy Top Tips

Looking after yourself

How to be heard

Briefing & debriefing

Keeping the enthusiasm going

Self reflection/self evaluation

Our Connection Webinar Series

This series of recorded webinars aims to support connection during COVID-19 and beyond and is presented by consumers and carers with a lived experience. Lived Experience Australia wants to promote and facilitate connectedness for the mental
health lived experience community especially during these uncertain times. We understand how important and essential a sense of connection with others is to our wellbeing.