Reflections of My Lived Experience is an opportunity to reflect on and share what your lived experience of suicide has taught you, how it has changed you, what learnings you can share, and what advice you can offer.
Roses in the Ocean encourages creativity in your contribution, which may take the form of a letter to yourself, a dear diary entry, a poem, a useful mantra, an inspirational quote, or your own creative artwork, doodle or original piece of music.
Since launching Reflections of My Lived Experience, Roses in the Ocean has received a diverse range of inspiring and moving submissions from individuals with a lived experience of suicide. Our hope is that these powerful stories and insights will inspire, comfort or move you, and that you will also share them with friends and colleagues who may gain solace and comfort from the stories told.
Your passions, insights and creativity have manifested in a suite of poetry, artworks, diary entries, letters and prose.
In light of the wonderful support the project has received, we have made Reflections of My Lived Experience an ongoing project that will allow individuals with a lived experience of suicide to share their stories and insights throughout the year.
So, if you or someone you know has a creative expression of their lived experience of suicide and would like to submit it for inclusion on the Reflections page, please follow the links below and share your story with us.
It is widely accepted that the inappropriate use of language when describing suicide and discussion of method, can have a significant impact on people who have a lived experience of suicide, and other members of the community. It is often attributed to fuelling the stigma, prejudice and fear that we still experience surrounding suicide. This in turn can prevent people from seeking help, and indeed reaching out to help others too. For this reason, we must ensure that when talking about suicide we do not describe ‘how’ someone took their life, nor do we discuss specific details about a suicide attempt.