Our Lived Experience Collective is comprised of lived experience champions across Australia who are equipped with the expertise and skills needed to bring their lived experience as a voice of change in all aspects of suicide prevention.
They have undertaken training to harness and build their capacity to participate in suicide prevention activities.
Suicide touches people from all walks of life. Our lived experience of suicide is just one part of who we are. Roses in the Ocean engages the whole person and facilitates opportunities to harness individuals’ diverse skill sets and expertise. In doing so, we have created a passionate, skilled Collective which, when combined with the insights drawn from personal lived experience of suicide, offers an invaluable resource to stem the suicide tide.
In order to leverage the skills, capabilities and expertise of people with a lived experience of suicide, we first must ensure that these people are ready to be involved, are safe and supported, trained in appropriate messaging and language, and possess current and accurate knowledge of suicide and suicide prevention.
At Roses in the Ocean we recognise that individuals have unique capabilities and different abilities to get involved in volunteer work. Our volunteers are offered the opportunity to engage at different levels in the Collective from ‘dip your toe in’ opportunities like helping out at a local community awareness event or completing a survey through to in-depth, skilled and representative involvement in policy and program development, advocacy and peer-to-peer support initiatives.
Often after someone has completed Roses in the Ocean training, and been actively utilising their lived experience in suicide prevention activities, they are keen to become involved with us. Some of our members have become:
Mentors – providing guidance to people as they engage in suicide prevention activities as a lived experience of suicide representative, speaker etc
Screeners – part of our best practice recruitment process, our screeners assist people determine their readiness to become involved and join a program
Facilitators – Roses in the Ocean programs and workshops are unique, many say they are unlike anything they have experienced before. Our facilitators all have lived experience of suicide and undergo rigorous training and on the job development.
Speakers – we are often asked for our wonderful lived experience speakers who have been provided with exceptional training through the ‘Voices of In’Sight’ program to share their insights safely, appropriately and with impact.