‘Roses Radio – voices saving lives’

– a suicide prevention podcast series

Roses Radio is a suicide prevention podcast series designed to take the stories from courageous people and use them in a way that helps those who are trying to understand suicide, and for many, their own personal experience.  Each podcast has it’s own unique perspective and all encompassing view of suicide irrespective of the place from which you view it.

We embrace different perspectives and scenarios, and bring to you stories of coping, stories of resilience, and stories of inspiration.  These messages are Suicide Prevention in action.

Roses Radio gives people with a lived experience of suicide the opportunity to share their story with a broad audience, safe in the knowledge that their interviewer also has a lived experience.

Available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (for Android)

Andy Marriott has seen the subject of suicide from all perspectives. As a police officer for 16 years, Andy personally witnessed suicide and the impacts that it had on communities and families. It was guys like Andy that would knock on the family door. Andy speaks about the prevailing stigma in the police force around suicide and the mechanisms that were in place to cope with the trauma. Andy never foresaw a time when a young officer would knock on his door to tell Megan and he, of the tragic loss of their son Glen. He speaks candidly about that time and the drive he has to remove the word “committed” from the conversation around suicide. There is wisdom to be gleaned from listening to this passionate man.

This episode we bring you the inspiring story of Tynan Narywonczyk a young man who has rebuilt his life after a crippling workplace accident that left him in a coma and on work cover for 3 years. The recovery process and the endless Doctors negative assessment of his future lead him to suicidal thoughts. Tynan has now turned his life around, fired on by training and competing for the iron man triathlon event, a gruelling 12 hr event that combines swimming 5 km running, cycling 130 km and running a full marathon. Tynan’s story is story of resilience and self-belief . Take the time to listen to this inspirational ironman.

Clare Headland is a fascinating women, with a story that is equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. It’s a story of a person who is searching for identity, approval and acceptance in a world that is neither understanding or tolerant. Told with grace and humour, Clare takes us through her childhood journey, the confusion of growing up knowing that something was not right and the struggle to transition to the person that she is today. And what a wonderful person Clare is. She is insightful, funny and clever and has given us a rare glimpse into a fascinating life.

Roma Aloisi grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, but struggled to ‘fit in’. Her story is one shared by many people in this country who work hard to establish identities while confronting troubling stereotypes and perceptions, and problematic behaviours that emanate as a result. Roma was othered – a term she uses to explain how it feels like when you are not accepted within mainstream social structures and systems. As difficult as it was for her, it was made even more complex with the death of her younger brother to suicide. To be othered as an individual is hard enough, but to be othered as a family – socially, culturally and spiritually – is devastating. Such was the stigma that the family experienced it had significant consequences. Roma talks candidly about these ideas, made even more compelling when we hear how this is now having an impact on her son.

Jennifer Jury first experienced feeling different at about 11 years of age, a feeling that continued into her teenage years, becoming more troubling as time went on. Depression and anxiety led to withdrawal and loneliness, further exacerbating the feelings and ultimately leading to suicidal ideation. She tried to talk to people, but talking to strangers was difficult, until she found a psychologist that really connected with her. Finally, a diagnosis at 21 opened her eyes up to what she was experiencing and gave her the tools and processes to start to manage her mental wellness. She talks about the importance of workplaces understanding mental health, the impact of a supportive partner, along the power of a family that really loves unconditionally. Now … she is a star, less critical and more focused on loving herself.

Mark Davis talks about losing his partner Paul to suicide.  Paul was a highly regarded health care professional and Mark shines light on the challenges that health care professionals face in the health care system.  Mark discusses the unique situations same sex couples face when their partner dies by suicide and how his loss was not met with the same level of empathy as other bereavement because he was in a same sex relationship.

Les Johnson is the “Gunnadoo Cowboy”. During the 2011 floods in Queensland, Les and his wife found themselves at the heart of the recovery effort for the town of Grantham, significantly impacted by the flood waters, with many lives lost. Such was the workload and the emotion associated with this tragedy, Les began to feel a sense of detachment and isolation from the ones he loved. This is an inspiring story of a true local hero and pillar of the community.

De Backman-Hoyle is a leading mental health and suicide prevention advocate, a wife, mum and frustrated gardener. She courageously opens up about the difference 120 minutes can make, and how having no answers or insight to her husband Andrew’s last thoughts has forced her to look deep inside to find her own ways to try to explain her family’s loss. De has turned a tragedy into her life’s work.

Meet the “man growing a beard for a year for blokes doin’ it tough”!   Justin Geange is an all round incredible bloke.  Plumber, supermodel, self proclaimed daggy singer and proud father of two gorgeous girls, Justin speaks candidly about his experience with suicide and his road to a better place.

Roses in the Ocean Founder and CEO Bronwen Edwards shares with us the personal challenges she has faced as a mum of two young kids and navigating life after suicide with her parents after she lost her brother Mark. She takes us through the emotional and deeply personal journey from which Roses in the Ocean was born, and how their message is going global.

Today’s guest is Jason Spaull. He is married with two children and is a small business owner on the Gold Coast Australia. Jason opens up about how losing his brother Mark to suicide has forced him to change his views on suicide and mental illness. He gives us an insight into how he navigated his way through the first 12 months after losing his brother and shares his views on the stigma surrounding suicide.

They were a typical middle class suburban family, that was plunged into the most unimaginable set of circumstances. This is the story told by Imbi Pyman of her son Jonah, a story that will make any parent take a deep breath and hold their young children a little tighter. It’s the story of a son who lives with trauma induced suicidal ideation and a mother whose pain led to her own thoughts of suicide. It’s a story about how a loving family found themselves in the midst of an almighty battle for justice, for a son that should have been protected by his school. He wasn’t.

Graeme Holdsworth is a retired architect who has spent most of his professional career in project management, on large-scale developments such as the Crown Casino. On the surface, all appeared well, but dig a little deeper and the cracks were beginning to show. His message is that depression is an insidious condition, which left untreated can have devastating consequences. A loss of worth and purpose in life can happen to anyone … but it doesn’t last forever. There is hope and recovery.