Establishing a Men’s Lived Experience Network

Lived Experience of Suicide Summit Workshop


Organisation Involved: Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF), Qantas Founders’ Museum & Roses in the Ocean

Workshop Facilitators: Jonathon Bedloe (AMHF), Tony Martin (Qantas Founders’ Museum), James Gallacher, Layne Stretton, Sam Fewings, Tynan Narywoncyk & Adriel Burley

Workshop Duration: 1.5 hours


With 75% of suicides in Australia being attributed to men, men have recently been recognised as a key priority group in regard to suicide prevention. We need to hear far more of the wisdom and expertise of our fathers, brothers, sons, uncles and mates. The National Men’s Health Forum and Roses in the Ocean are joining together to establish a National Men’s Lived Experience of Suicide Network.

This workshop seeks to:

  • Explore if we can engage more men in suicide prevention
  • Identify the barriers to men accessing support
  • Discuss types of support men actually want
  • Determine the role of a National Men’s Lived Experience of Suicide Network

About the Facilitators

Glen Poole: Glen Poole is responsible for Australian Men’s Health Forum’s (AMHF) work to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of men’s health issues among the health sector, policy makers, the media and the general public. Glen has been the CEO of AMHF since 2018. Glen sits on the Men’s Health Promotion, Best Practice and Governance sub-committees.

Pete Shmigel: Pete’s passion for suicide prevention and the inclusion of lived experience has led him to the Roses in the Ocean Board. Former CEO of Lifeline, Australia’s largest crisis support and suicide prevention service, Pete has an in depth understanding of the issues facing our mental health and suicide prevention sectors. Prior to his role at Lifeline, his career spanned high level politics and the corporate world.