Capacity-building workshops

Voices of InSight Speakers Hub

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 and perspectives of suicide and suicide prevention that can increase awareness, understanding and confidence within their audience.

The Speakers Hub is endorsed by AISRAP, National StandBy Response and MindFrame.

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Launch Pad Evidence Statement

The LaunchPad workshop is a one-day program where people with a lived experience of suicide come together as a group in a planned, coordinated and impactful manner. Similar to principles of community psychology, the LaunchPad workshop focuses on using the lived experience of suicide insights to question traditional modes of thought and contribute to social change (Laverne & Perkins, 1987).

Using Sherry Arnstein’s theory of Ladder of Citizen Participation (2019), the LaunchPad workshop offers individuals the opportunity to fulfil their own sense of empowerment by helping participants understand a new social model of community sustainability. People with a lived experience of suicide are well positioned to help inform suicide prenvetion activities drawing on insights from their lived experience to provide solutions to the community.

Arnstein’s Ladder is used as a metaphor to explain the different type of audiences engaged throughout a planning process and access to power, and through the LaunchPad workshop. The participants are rapidly upskilled throughout the process from manipulation through to and including to citizen control (see figure 1). Roses in the Ocean and lived experience attending the workshops are engaged by organisations right along the spectrum as depicted in the ladder in figure 1. At the completion of the workshop, participants are provided with the tools in order to effectively collaborate with organisations relating to suicide prevention activities.

During the workshop, John Viljoen’s Strategic Management: Planning and Implementing Successful Corporate Strategies (1994) is applied to help group members plan for long term optimal effort through developing community-based missions, values and areas of critical focus. The group strategises their growth by identifying critical networks which can contribute to the success of suicide prevention campaigns. They also examine potential barriers to the group’s objectives, through leveraging the individuals’ personal and professional skills, as well as their lived experience insights.

A theoretical underpinning for the group’s success, follows the group’s formation, by drawing on Dominque Steinberg’s Mutual Aid Approach to Working with Groups: Helping people to help people (2004). Steinberg’s works explore how the power of the dialectical process of sharing ideas and views, creates a culture within the group. This is used to develop a set of practising guidelines, discussing taboos to breakdown the stigma of suicide and to cultivate a sense of ‘we are all in the same boat’ phenomena.

Figure 1: Arnstein’s Ladder of Citizen Engagement (Arnstein, 2019)



Levine, M., & Perkins, D. V. (1987). Principles of community psychology: Perspectives and applications. Oxford University Press.

Arnstein, S. (2019). A Ladder of Citizen Participation. Journal of the American Planning Association, 85(1), 24–34.

Viljoen, J., Strategic Management, Planning and implementing successful corporate strategies, Longman, Melbourne, 1994

Steinberg, D. (2004). The mutual aid approach to working with groups: Helping people to help people (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Haworth Press.



External research – AISRAP

In 2018, The Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) conducted a pilot study of two of our lived experience designed and delivered workshops.

Our Voice in Action was one such program included in the pilot study. Key findings from the evaluation report include

“The Our Voice in Action program successfully increased suicide literacy, knowledge of safe suicide language, and confidence to support people experiencing a suicidal crisis. Both the Our Voice in Action and Voices of In-Sight participants were more confident in their abilities in the key actions required to perform a lived experience representative role. Participants also demonstrated a greater value of lived experience contributions towards suicide prevention activities after the Voices of In-Sight workshops.” (Hawgood et al., 2018)

Read the evaluation excerpts document and full evaluation report.