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Awareness Event Host Guide



WSPD Awareness Host Guide


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Qld Music Festival

Queensland Music Festival 2019

We are excited to be a sponsor and recipient charity of the 2019 Queensland Music Festival’s “Help is on its Way” Tour !

Tour dates/locations
Wednesday 17 July – Chinchilla
Thursday 18 July – Moranbah
Friday 19 July – Barcaldine
Saturday 20 July – Hughenden
Monday 22 July – Birdsville
Tuesday 23 July – Cunnamulla
Wednesday 24 July – Beaudesert
Saturday 27 July – Brisbane – Southbank
Sunday 28 July – Townsville

In a spectacular event on Saturday 27 July, thousands of people from across Queensland and Australia will sing together to raise their voices in support of positive men’s mental health.

This moving concert will be live-streamed, so you can host your own community concert and participate in this unique choral experience.

Australian rock legend Glenn Shorrock and band will be touring regional Queensland towns including Chinchilla, Moranbah, Barcaldine, Hughenden, Birdsville,  Cunnamulla, Beaudesert and Townsville.

More information and to register to be involved: https://www.qmf.org.au/festival-schedule-2019/Help-is-on-its-Way

Safe House

Safe Spaces offering non-clinical, peer led support are finally becoming reality in Australia

Independent Community Living Australia (ICLA) and Roses in the Ocean has received $1.25M in funding to trial NSW’s first non-clinical Suicide Prevention and Recovery Centre (SPARC) in Sydney.

With plans to launch in late 2019, the new service will provide care in a home-like environment for people experiencing a suicide-related crisis.

Roses in the Ocean will lead the co-design of the model and recruit and train people with a lived experience of suicidal crisis to be peers in the service.

Please reach out to us through enquiries@rosesintheocean.com.au if you live in Sydney and are interested in a) being part of the co-design process and/or b) are interested in learning more about being a peer within this safe house.

Lived Experience Capacity Building

Our suite of lived-experience informed, designed and delivered capacity building training programs and workshops assist people gain a deeper understanding of their lived experience, the insights that can help others and inform, influence and enhance suicide prevention activity.  Couple this with the skills required to contribute in Reference Groups, research projects, advocate for change, participate in community suicide prevention networks and we have the development of a capable, supported lived experience of suicide workforce.  Roses in the Ocean Collective – our lived experience workforce.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

Roses in the Ocean will once again host Brisbane’s WSPD community event!

The theme is set by the International Association of Suicide Prevention, and for 2018-2020 it is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”.  Join us and a group of passionate service providers, live music, fabulous chalk art and lots more!

Where: Queen Street Mall  (main stage area)

When:  Tuesday 10th September 10am-2pm

For anyone interested in hosting an event in their local community please go to our Host an Event page.


Voices of In-Sight

Roses in the Ocean operates a suicide prevention Speakers Hub . . . “Voices of Insight” for people with a lived experience of suicide.

We are the only speakers training program offered within Australia that is designed and delivered by people with a lived experience of suicide for people with a lived experience of suicide.  All of our professional facilitators have a direct, personal lived experience.  Our support facilitators also have a lived experience of suicide, have been through the program and are actively speaking in their communities.

We define lived experience as . . . …having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has been suicidal, or been bereaved by suicide.

Our Speakers Hub is endorsed by AISRAP and National StandBy Response.

The “Voices of In-Sight” Speakers Hub delivers professional speakers training to volunteers with a lived experience of suicide.  Our Speakers, through their stories and experience, provide valuable insights into suicide and suicide prevention, and deliver practical preventative information to their audiences.

Once our speakers have been through the program, they are welcomed into our Mentoring Program where they are supported after the program and for all future speaking engagements.  All of our Mentors have a lived experience of suicide and are actively engaged in suicide prevention and speaking engagements.

The Speakers Hub operates in all States and Territories.  Speakers receive comprehensive training through a 2 1/2 day training program and will receive ongoing support for speaking engagements and personal development.

Speakers will present in a wide range of locations, including social sector organisations and corporate workplaces across all industries. Organisations request a speaker at any time of the year and the peak times include September, for World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Month (October).

Contact us for more information today livedexp@rosesintheocean.com.au or Request a Speaker


our story

Roses in the Ocean exists to save lives and reduce emotional pain.

Roses in the Ocean was founded on, and operates through the lens of lived experience of suicide.

As a leading Lived Experience of suicide organisation contributing to best practice and a growing evidence base, we are focused on our strategic priorities:

Develop and inspire the Lived Experience Collective to maximise positive impact, and provide measurable community benefits

Engage and collaborate with the Suicide Prevention sector and government to achieve sustainable investment in Lived Experience

Drive the meaningful inclusion of Lived Experience expertise into all aspects of suicide prevention

Contribute to the evidence base for Lived Experience and set the benchmark for best practice

To invest in a sustainable, well managed and high-profile organisation supporting the Lived Experience Collective and a high performing team


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Peer Companion program delivered for AnglicareWA this week in Perth. WAPHN ‘Our Voice’ training Nov 17/18. Thanks to Celia & Rhett for role in EasternMelb PHN Launch events.
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