“What an honour it was for us to have Mark share his story and his wisdom with us at the Brisbane Chapter gathering of the Australian Counselling Association. We felt truly blessed with his presence enhancing the dynamic of our group.
Thank you for introducing us to this man who certainly represents Roses in the Ocean with integrity, honesty, pride, and commitment to checking the OK state of wellbeing of folks who might be walking in the shadow of suicide.”
Dr Judith R Boyland | Australian Counselling Association

Roses in the Ocean’s Voices of In-Sight Speakers Hub comprises of trained and supported professional speakers 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.

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.

Due to the high volume of requests during these months, please kindly provide a minimum of 30 days’ notice to enable us to reach out to our network and provide the appropriate speaker for your event.

Our Speakers Hub is endorsed by AISRAP and StandBy – Support After Suicide.

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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 needs.  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.