YourTown Innovation paper

As the leading not-for-profit organisation for lived experience of suicide in Australia, Roses in the Ocean is focused on building a safe, trained and supported Lived Experience “Workforce” with the expertise and skills needed to bring lived experience of suicide as a voice of change in all aspects of suicide prevention.

This innovation paper outlines the successful planning and delivery of the seminal Voices of In-Sight workshop run by Roses in the Ocean, solely for young adults, in collaboration with yourtown in 2019. Further, this paper offers an opportunity to share key learnings, to assist in increasing the knowledge bank in relation to youth engagement in suicide prevention lived experience advocacy and to make recommendations regarding future next steps.


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Melissa on the Move

After just three months in the role, Melissa has well and truly hit the ground running as Lived Experience Coordinator for the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region. As the Lived Experience Coordinator for this vital region, Melissa has quickly made contact with individuals, organisations and networks in the suicide prevention community. So far Melissa has visited North Burnett, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast and reconnected suicide prevention networks and establishing support networks while also promoting the Roses in the Ocean workshops. Workshops are planned for Hervey Bay and Melissa is working with the Central Queensland Wide Bay Sunshine Coast PHN to secure a whole region workshop specifically focusing on first responders. If you are from the region and would like to find out more about Roses in the Ocean workshops or how to connect into suicide prevention networks, please contact Melissa on melissa@rosesintheocean.com.au