Our Suite of Services

Lived Experience Capacity Building Programs

We are focused on building a confident, trained and supported Lived Experience “Workforce” with the expertise and skills needed to bring the lived experience as a voice of change in all aspects of suicide prevention.

We do this through offering a range of capacity building workshops and training opportunities for people with a lived experience of suicide. All of our workshops and programs are designed to empower people to engage meaningfully in suicide prevention activity in their local communities and on Lived Experience Reference Groups, in ways that are relevant to their expertise and desired level of involvement.

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, are trained in appropriate messaging and language, and possess current and accurate suicide and suicide prevention knowledge.

Interested people register (online) their desire to participate which is followed by a phone consultation to provide more detailed information and ascertain their readiness to be involved.

Read more about our programs and workshops

Consultancy, Advisory and Facilitation Services

Roses in the Ocean has a sole focus of changing the existing paradigm of suicide prevention by utilising the wisdom of lived experience. There is a tremendous opportunity for us to harness the untapped potential of lived experience and we believe that lives depend on it.

To this end, Roses in the Ocean is available to consult to Primary Health Networks, organisations, community groups and government on the inclusion of lived experience at all stages of suicide prevention.  Our diverse, experienced Lived Experience Advisory Committee and extended Lived Experience Collective are available to:

  • identify opportunities for the inclusion of lived experience
  • advise on considerations for effective utilisation of lived experience
  • work with management to identify internal lived experience staff
  • work with stakeholders to identify local and regional lived experience representatives
  • develop local and regional “Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Reference Groups” upon request
  • advise on program design, delivery and distribution
  • facilitate / co-facilitate community forums
  • facilitate / co-facilitate lived experience forums and Roundtables
  • facilitate workshops at conferences
  • recruitment for full time or part time lived experience positions

Best Practice guidelines and resources

The active involvement of those with a lived experience in suicide prevention activities is a relatively new phenomenon. There is much we do not yet understand about the nature of lived experience itself, the impact on individuals of sharing their lived experience, as well as the contribution that lived experience can make to policy and practice.

Roses in the Ocean is working with national researchers to develop and implement robust evaluation processes so we can add to the evidence base and continuously improve our activities. We will share our learnings about processes and outcomes with others to help shape the international involvement of lived experience in suicide prevention and drive systemic change. We are always looking to learn from others and incorporate emerging research and trends into our activities so we constantly push the boundaries of best practice.

We can provide Best Practice guidelines and resources on areas such as:

  • engaging lived experience people to work with our organisation
  • preparing lived experience people for media interviews
  • advertising for lived experience involvement in your region
  • hosting community forums involving lived experience people

National Mentoring Program

Roses in the Ocean is committed to supporting our lived experience people, and as such we invite them to be part of our Mentoring Program. All of our Mentors have their own lived experience of suicide and have been active in suicide prevention for some time.

Mentoring involves one-on-one phone conversations, group teleconferences and a

closed Facebook page. Ongoing Mentoring ensures our people are supported as they develop their skills working within the suicide prevention space and have the opportunity to continue to expand their perspectives on suicide through ongoing group connection.

Read more about the program, and how you can become a Mentor