Suicide Anonymous is based on the 12-Step program of recovery. SA meetings, one hour in length, normally meet on a regular schedule; same day of the week, same time etc. The days and times are at the discretion of participants. Members usually sign up to "chair", or be the leader of meetings in advance.
Meetings start on time with the leader reading the Meeting Format (see sample). Just prior to choosing a topic include the reading of a daily meditation related to the 12-Step program or a few pages of the SA Little Book.
Discussion Meetings: During our hour-long meetings, a volunteer chairperson presents a topic and we share our experience or simply listen. We are encouraged to present our own feelings and ideas instead of responding to others' statements, in order to foster free discussion without criticism. The last fifteen minutes are reserved for us to "get current" about how we are dealing with suicide. Experience has shown us that talking openly about suicide with people who understand the problem lessens the shame and stigma, combats isolation, and teaches us that is is safe to reach our for support in a crisis.