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.

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.

August 2020
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Considering the impacts of pathologising suicidal thoughts and attempts through a social justice lens.Martina McGrath
(Roses in the Ocean Research and Evaluation, Inclusion Diversity & Equity)

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

September 2020
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Working Together to Prevent Suicide:

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

Dr Alex Hains
Bruce McMillan
October 2020
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Chat Amongst Yourselves: Men talking to men about suicideJames Gallacher
Bruce McMillan
Graeme Holdsworth
Glen Poole
Tuesday 20 October
Watch Webinar hereCritical Lens: People with a Lived Experience of suicide provide an important lens to view the impact of communications – language, content, and visual representation.

James Gallacher
Celia Taylor
NovemberConversation Circle

Panel discussion then open conversation.

Limited to 20 participants

Active Community

Meet three inspirational LE community leaders and hear about their achievements, challenges and tips for getting active in your community.

to be confirmed
DecemberZoom session‘Together Strong’ leading into and conquering Christmas

Lived Experience Collective members
February 2021Thats a good question!Understanding lived experience from the LGBTIQA+ perspectiveRoses in the Ocean’s LGBTIQA+ Action Group
March 2021Guest SpeakerTBATBA
April 2021Conversation CircleHow to bring your Lived Experience into Research and EvaluationTBA
May 2021Webinar
45 mins + Q&A
Suicide Prevention (SP) Peer Workforce developments – training, support services, warm lineBronwen Edwards, Roses in the Ocean

Tina Kenny

June 2021Skill DevelopmentBecoming a LE Speaker and preparing to speak with the mediaRoses in the Ocean LE Collective speakers