External Opportunities for Lived Experience Involvement

At Roses in the Ocean, we endeavour to involve our Lived Experience Collective, and other people with a lived experience of suicide in various external research projects and surveys, share job opportunities within the sector, and notify you of any upcoming events that may be in your region for you to attend and support.

Below you will find all of the current opportunities, events and research projects.

What: Under the Radar – Help improve the support available for men having thoughts of ending their life.

The Black Dog Institute is currently looking for men who are having thoughts of ending their life to take part in an anonymous survey. Taking part will help them in their work to improve the support available, as they recognise the needs of many men have not been met, yet.

Where: Australia-wide (online survey)

More Info & Link to Survey

What: T2S is a voluntary vocational and therapeutic program that provides alternative education and learning options for young people so that they can achieve certificates in work skills and vocational pathways.

T2S is for young people 15 to 18 years of age at risk of entering the youth justice system. The program may also be considered for young people who have been disconnected from school, with prior programs accepting referrals from local schools (Education Queensland), self-referrals, and other referrals from the community.

Note: as it is a Youth Justice program, young people from T2S are the initial priority and other referrals are then considered for the program.

When: Program starts August 31, and run to December 2

Where: Fraser Coast

T2S Flyer and Referral Form

What: We are looking for participants bereaved by suicide across at least two generations in their family to take part in this research project conducted by the The University of Edinburgh. At least one needs to have happened within your lifetime.

This study aims to explore the stories we tell about our experiences of intergenerational suicide in our families. There is evidence to suggest that suicide runs in families across generations. Rather than researching underlying causes, this study explores what happens when suicide does run in families. How do we talk about it? How do we not? The study is also interested in getting beyond the well-rehearsed versions of our stories, to explore the things that may remain unspoken or out of awareness.

Where: Australia-wide (online)

More Info

What: Participants needed to develop guidelines for involving young people with a lived experience of suicide and/or self-harm in suicide prevention research for Centre for Youth Mental Health (Orygen).

What’s the study about?
Involving young people with a lived experience of suicide and/or self-harm in suicide prevention research helps to make sure that interventions and services developed from the research are youth-friendly and relevant to the real-life experience of young people.

However, a lack of knowledge about how to support and work with young people with lived experience prevents many suicide prevention researchers from involving young people as partners in their work, even though research tells us that it is safe to include young people as participants and partners in suicide research.

Where: Australia-wide (online survey)

More Info

What: Free community events for Mental Health Week to help break the stigma around mental health and to acknowledge unpaid carers in the community.

When: Tuesday October 12, 10am – 2pm (Maryborough); Thursday October 14, 10am – 2pm (Bundaberg)

Where: Anzac Park & Ululah Lagoon, Maryborough AND Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

More Info – Maryborough
More Info – Bundaberg

What: The SignPost Study  – The University of New England have developed a brief contact (text message) intervention for people bereaved by suicide. This study is focused on finding out if this text message intervention is helpful and improves people’s wellbeing.

To test if it is helpful, half of all those who decide to take part will be sent a sequence of text messages over a 6-week period. The text messages comprise key messages and information that other people bereaved by suicide and international experts have identified as important.

Everyone who takes part will be able to continue with their usual supports, and after 6 weeks we will see if receiving the text messages was helpful.

Where: Australia-wide (online study)

When: Recruiting participants until early November

More Info

* If you have questions about any of the above opportunities or projects, please contact the organisation involved directly. Thank you.