Roses in the Ocean has a sole focus of changing the existing paradigm of suicide prevention by utilising the wisdom of lived experience. There is a tremendous opportunity for us to harness the untapped potential of lived experience and we believe that lives depend on it.
To this end, Roses in the Ocean is available to consult to Primary Health Networks, organisations, community groups and government on the inclusion of lived experience at all stages of suicide prevention. Our diverse, experienced Lived Experience Advisory Committee and extended Lived Experience Collective are available to:
identify opportunities for the inclusion of lived experience
advise on considerations for effective utilisation of lived experience
work with management to identify internal lived experience staff
work with stakeholders to identify local and regional lived experience representatives
develop local and regional “Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Reference Groups” upon request
advise on program design, delivery and distribution
facilitate / co-facilitate community forums
facilitate / co-facilitate lived experience forums and Roundtables
facilitate workshops at conferences
recruitment for full time or part time lived experience positions
Best Practice guidelines and resources
The active involvement of those with a lived experience in suicide prevention activities is a relatively new phenomenon. There is much we do not yet understand about the nature of lived experience itself, the impact on individuals of sharing their lived experience, as well as the contribution that lived experience can make to policy and practice.
Roses in the Ocean is working with national researchers to develop and implement robust evaluation processes so we can add to the evidence base and continuously improve our activities. We will share our learnings about processes and outcomes with others to help shape the international involvement of lived experience in suicide prevention and drive systemic change. We are always looking to learn from others and incorporate emerging research and trends into our activities so we constantly push the boundaries of best practice.
We can provide Best Practice guidelines and resources on areas such as:
engaging lived experience people to work with our organisation
preparing lived experience people for media interviews
advertising for lived experience involvement in your region
hosting community forums involving lived experience people
National Mentoring Call Back Service
Roses in the Ocean is committed to supporting our lived experience people, and as such we invite them to access our Mentoring Call Back Service whenever they are utilising their lived experience in suicide prevention activities and would like some support in doing so. All of our Mentors have their own lived experience of suicide and have been active in suicide prevention for some time.
The Mentoring Call Back Service enables us to match a Mentor with experience in what you are involved in, and provides one-on-one phone conversations. People with a lived experience who have participated in our LE capacity building programs are also invited to join the closed Lived Experience Collective Facebook page.
Mentoring ensures our people are supported as they develop their skills working within the suicide prevention space and have the opportunity to continue to expand their perspectives on suicide through ongoing group connection.