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Contribution to the evidence base

Roses in the Ocean is committed to contributing to the emerging and rapidly growing evidence base relating to the active and meaningful inclusion of lived experience people in all suicide prevention activities, from a policy and strategic level right through to grassroots community-level engagement.

All of our activities, including workshop content, are developed, designed and delivered by people with a lived experience of suicide. This is important and arguably ground-breaking work that is continuing to add to the growing evidence base needed in Australia.

To date, much of the evidence that exists is from scientific peer reviewed work. Over time, and as more people with a lived experience of suicide contribute to new findings in this sector (including those many lived experience leaders and researchers) across many organisations in Australia, the research and evidence will also undoubtedly continue to become much richer, and will provide academic rigour resulting in a broader footprint in support of lived experience involvement at all levels in suicide prevention.

The Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) in conjunction with the Black Dog Institute evaluated two of our central Lived Experience of suicide capacity building workshops – Our Voice in Action and Voices of In-Sight throughout the duration of the LifeSpan Suicide Prevention Trial.  The AISRAP Study report highlights decreased levels of distress of participants, increased levels of empowerment, suicide literacy and confidence to engage in lived experience activities within their communities.  This study led to another – Reasons for Living among-those-with lived experience entering the suicide prevention workforce.


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.


Innovation Paper: Adapting lived experience training and co-design to the virtual environment

Adapting lived experience training and co-design to the virtual environment

Innovation Paper: Building Capacity within CALD Communities

Innovation Paper: Building capacity within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities through lived experience of suicide

Launch Pad Evidence Statement

The LaunchPad workshop is a one-day program where people with a lived experience of suicide come together as a group in a planned, coordinated and impactful manner. Similar to principles of community psychology, the LaunchPad workshop focuses on using the lived experience of suicide insights to question traditional modes of thought and contribute to social […]

External research – AISRAP

In 2018, The Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) conducted a pilot study of two of our lived experience designed and delivered workshops. Our Voice in Action was one such program included in the pilot study. Key findings from the evaluation report include “The Our Voice in Action program successfully increased suicide literacy, knowledge of safe suicide language, […]

Draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

Roses in the Ocean supports newly released Draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy The Australian Productivity Commission has released a draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy. The draft strategy is a whole of government framework that clearly sets out guiding principles that Roses in the Ocean fully supports. Our values relating to deep listening, connections, authenticity and collaboration all align […]

Living Perspectives of Suicide Evidence Statement

Living Perspectives of Suicide is offered as a bespoke workshop that can be delivered over either a half or a full day. It is a suicide awareness and intervention skills workshop specifically for people who by nature of their workplace role, find themselves in a position of needing to support someone expressing suicidal thoughts and/or crisis. […]

Voices of In-Sight Evidence Statement

Voices of In-Sight (VoIS) is a two-day workshop designed to take people with a lived experience of suicide into a deeper-dive exploringtheir lived experience while learning how to share their lived experience story with others. It is important to note while this workshop can be seen as a standalone product, it is also intended to […]

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 […]