The ‘Voices of In-Sight’ Speakers Hub, which is endorsed by AISRAP, National StandBy Response and MindFrame, delivers professional speakers training to volunteers with a lived experience of suicide. Our Speakers, through their stories and experience, provide valuable insights and perspectives of suicide and suicide prevention that can increase awareness, understanding and confidence within their audience.
Our ‘Voices of In-Sight’ program is designed and delivered by people with a lived experience of suicide for people with a lived experience of suicide. Our speakers are support my lived experience Mentors.
We define lived experience as . . . …having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, or been bereaved by suicide.
Speakers are available to present throughout Australia, in a wide range of locations, including social sector organisations and corporate workplaces across all industries. World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Month (October) are popular times to engage our speakers.
Following the program, participants work with their Mentor to refine their story and to prepare to present it to a ‘friendly’ audience of family and/or friends. Once this initial presentation has taken place and been debriefed with their Mentor, a Speakers Resource Kit is provided to each speaker to support them engage with their local community and identify opportunities to share their story.
You can request a speaker at any time of the year simply by completing the REQUEST FOR A SPEAKER form. All of the information within this form is required and will assist in the selection of the most appropriate speaker for you.
We are also available to discuss your needs on 1300 411 461.
Benefits of including a lived experience speaker in your event?
Our Speakers have been trained to share their personal experience of suicide in the context of raising awareness, educating, providing insights into early warning signs, invitations for help, how to have difficult conversations, where to source help and what helped them through their own experience.
Organisations, clubs, workplaces, schools, community groups . . . we have speakers from all walks of life, with a wide range of experiences that can be matched to your specific need. Whether you are looking to raise awareness or are responding to a recent suicide loss, our speakers can bring insights, comfort and hope to your audience.
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