Lived Experience Professional Development

Roses in the Ocean is very passionate about playing our part in developing the expertise of people with a lived experience of suicide.  Everyone comes with their unique lived experience.  Similarly, everyone brings their own special set of skills from their study, qualifications, work, or other life experiences.  Harnessing and combining these skills and experience of suicide is what is needed to continue to inform, influence and enhance all aspects of suicide prevention.

Being a lived experience of suicide representative with an open mind and desire to continually learn from others leads to incredible opportunities to elevate your voice and insights.  People with lived experience of suicide can and need to influence system reform, policy, and research, and lead the design of new services and innovative approaches to saving lives.

Details about our next Lived Experience Professional Development program will be displayed below!

Our twelve month Lived Experience Professional Development Program aims to provide a range of opportunities for you to expand your knowledge of the suicide prevention sector, increase your skills, engage in interesting conversations and hopefully make connections with other people. Take a look through any of our previous webinars by clicking on the links. Upcoming webinars will be advertised via social media and the registration links will be activated prior to the webinar date.

Roses in the Ocean is excited to bring to you a Lived Experience Professional Development webinar focused on increasing your skills and knowledge as a volunteer peer. Guest speakers will discuss the importance of using your lived experience to create a meaningful connection, communication micro skills and how to apply these over the phone, understanding the power of perspective, and how you can get involved. These skills were developed for the Peer CARE Connect initiative, which provides a ‘golden thread’ of community members with lived experience of suicide through the Peer CARE Connect warmline and face to face Peer CARE Connect in Community.Presenters: Kathy Poulton, Sam Phipps, Mark Ellis & Margaret KnightWatch Webinar here

You can view the Lived Experience Professional development Webinars we’ve hosted below:

Considering the impacts of pathologising suicidal thoughts and attempts through a social justice lens.Presenters: Martina McGrath
(Roses in the Ocean Research and Evaluation, Inclusion Diversity & Equity), and

Carrie Lumby
Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative, SHELTER Group peer leader)

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Watch Webinar here

Working Together to Prevent Suicide:

Bringing Lived Experience and Health Professionals together for discussions, collaboration and innovation

Presenters: Dr Alex Hains and Bruce McMillanWatch Webinar here

Chat Amongst Yourselves: Men talking to men about suicidePresenters: James Gallacher, Bruce McMillan, Graeme Holdsworth and Glen PooleWatch Webinar here
Critical Lens: People with a Lived Experience of suicide provide an important lens to view the impact of communications – language, content, and visual representation.

Presenters: James Gallacher and Celia Taylor Watch Webinar here
Active Community Conversation Circle: Join some of Australia’s most inspirational lived experience of suicide community leaders as they explore some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced, and provide insights and tips for those looking to become more active in suicide prevention. Presenters: Lidia Di Lembo, Laurencia Grant and Melissa Robinson

Hosted by: Bronwen Edwards, CEO, Roses in the Ocean

Watch Webinar Here
Join Roses in the Ocean’s LGBTIQA+ Lived Experience Action Group as they discuss effective, diverse, and inclusive advocacy for suicide prevention for everyone. Presented by Roses in the Ocean’s LGBTIQA+ Action Group Watch Webinar Here
Lived Experience Advocacy: What are the challenges and opportunities for political advocacy? Who should you speak to, and how should you approach them? How can we best campaign for change? Join Roses in the Ocean’s Board Director Pete Shmigel in this workshop-style webinar on effective political advocacy for lived experience. Presenter: Pete Shmigel, Board Director at Roses in the Ocean Webinar Recording – Coming Soon
Learn about Roses in the Ocean’s SP Peer Workforce Development Services and SP Peer CARE Connect Warmline from our CEO, Bronwen Edwards and SP Peer Workforce Manager, Tina Kenny. We will also take look at some sector opportunities arising from the emerging SP Peer Workforce and the career pathway to enter this line of work. Presenters: Bronwen Edwards and Tina KennyWatch Webinar Here