Our Voice in Action Evidence Statement


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, and confidence to support people experiencing a suicidal crisis. Both the Our Voice in Action and Voices of In-Sight participants were more confident in their abilities in the key actions required to perform a lived experience representative role. Participants also demonstrated a greater value of lived experience contributions towards suicide prevention activities after the Voices of In-Sight workshops.” (Hawgood et al., 2018)

Read the evaluation excerpts document and full evaluation report.


Roses in the Ocean continues to build its evidence base by conducting internal process evaluation and engaging  registered institutions to conduct external program evaluation.


The research evidence underpinning the content development of the ‘Our Voice in Action’ workshop is largely based upon the person-centred approach originally developed by Carl Rogers – a highly regarded humanist and psychoanalyst who developed this approach during the 1940 to 1960’s.

Of course, his theory has since been expanded on by many other theorists and psychoanalysts alike. However, this original work has become known as The Rogerian Theory, which is a nod to the importance of Rogers’ seminal work.

The person-centred approach is largely based on the premise that people are in fact their own experts in terms of what might be needed to achieve personal growth and fulfillment in life. Importantly, and specifically relating to the outcomes of this workshop, Rogers’ person-centred theory is focussed on developing skills relating to relationships. This is summarised on The Association for the Development of the Person Centred Approach webpage in an article (Kirschenbaum, n.d.)

Read the full article

Want to know find out more about the evidence base for the Our Voice in Action workshop?

You can learn more about the LifeSpan model here: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/lifespan.

To learn more about Beyond Blue’s Warning Signs by visiting here: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention/feeling-suicidal/suicidal-warning-signs.

To find out more about Carl Rogers and his humanist person-centred approach that we have used, visit this site: https://www.adpca.org/content/pca

To find out more about where we have drawn our evidence relating to  stigmatising language when discussing suicide visit the EveryMind Australia’s website https://everymind.org.au/suicide-prevention/understanding-suicide/role-of-language-and-stigma