How can I best use my lived experience

Lived Experience Collective – trained, supported and ready to contribute

Suicide touches people from all walks of life. Our lived experience of suicide is just one part of who we are. Roses in the Ocean engages the whole person and facilitates opportunities to harness individuals’ diverse skill sets and expertise. In doing so, we have created a passionate, skilled Collective which, when combined with the insights drawn from personal lived experience of suicide, offers an invaluable resource to stem the suicide tide.

Roses in the Ocean’s Lived Experience Collective is comprised of lived experience champions across Australia who are equipped with the expertise and skills needed to bring their lived experience as a voice of change in all aspects of suicide prevention. They have undertaken training to harness and build their capacity to participate in suicide prevention activities.

At Roses in the Ocean we recognise that individuals have unique capabilities and different abilities to get involved in volunteer work. Our volunteers are offered the opportunity to engage at different levels in the Collective from ‘dip your toe in’ opportunities like helping out at a local community awareness event or completing a survey through to in-depth, skilled and representative involvement in policy and program development, advocacy and peer-to-peer support initiatives.

In order to leverage the skills, capabilities and expertise of people with a lived experience of suicide, we first must ensure that these people are ready to be involved, are safe and supported, trained in appropriate messaging and language, and possess current and accurate knowledge of suicide and suicide prevention.

Roses in the Ocean has worked with members of our lived experience collective and industry colleagues to create the following resources for individuals who would like to use their lived experience of suicide to contribute to suicide prevention activities.

The following resources are designed to assist people with lived experience of suicide as they contribute to suicide prevention. Alongside online resources such as fact sheets and information guides, Roses in the Ocean brings the voice of lived experience to suicide prevention activities by way of inspiring and informative interviews and podcasts with members of our lived experience collective.