Lived experience of suicide is a powerful catalyst for reforming workplace policy and processes to improve wellbeing, productivity, and culture.
The insights, stories and perspectives of those with a lived experience of suicide are effective in challenging deeply entrenched attitudes and stigma, creating an environment for robust discussion, appropriate language, and a platform for authentic, accepting and supportive cultures and working environments.
There are a number of key catalysts to cultural change which, when strategically engaged and embedded within an organisation, provide a powerful platform and supportive environment for transformation.
These change agents take the form of
- Individual people who are prepared to speak out about their lived experience and champion workplace support mechanisms
- Internal lived experience committees made up of a diverse representation of demographics, lived experience, job role and location, to inform, influence and enhance existing and new suicide prevention plans and initiatives
- Leadership team committed to creating a safe and supportive workplace for people experiencing and impacted by suicide
- Cultural transformation – Lived experience stories are powerful catalysts for change in attitudes and calls to action. Education and awareness are key to deeper understanding and acceptance. They build the crucial confidence in staff to identify subtle invitations for help and respond to suicide
- Policy and process reform – Staff with lived experience of suicide provide insight into how to enhance and improve working conditions for greater wellbeing
- Empower leadership team with knowledge and implementation strategies
- Employee capacity to respond to suicide – lived experience designed and delivered workshops educate and empower employees to be proactive in recognising and responding to colleagues and their wider circles of influences outside of work, in need of support
Roses in the Ocean customise our workshops to meet the specific needs of workplaces. Our highly skilled and experienced team of facilitators are available to lead co-design processes and to deliver programs, workshops and workplace forums.
Lived Experience Workforce Development
Given a supportive environment that embraces and wants to learn from lived experience, staff have the potential to assist management to create an organisation that is proactively preventing suicide and willing and able to respond to and support staff when others are experiencing the impacts of suicide.
Roses in the Ocean works with workplaces to recruit and develop this unique and valuable internal resource, ensuring diverse representation across the organisation.
Lived experience reference groups
- Work alongside management, HR, OHS, People and Culture
- Provide input into suicide prevention plans and initiatives
- Can lead internal events – RUOK? Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, Mental Health Week
- Provide conduit between additional working groups
- Feed into governance structure
Lived experience speakers
- share their stories of rediscovery and recovery and speak at events including World Suicide Prevention Day, RUOK? Day, or Mental Health Week.
- videos to enhance existing training offerings
- podcasts to reach staff in remote locations or isolated job roles
Lived experience peers
- Provide an additional layer of scaffolding / Not everyone is comfortable talking to their manager or Employee Assistance Program staff. They may want to speak with someone who has similar experiences to their own.
- Discreet ‘TouchPoint’ for conversation
- Assist in navigating internal processes of support
Roses in the Ocean offers to review and advise – actions, language, implementation such as
- Messaging regarding mental health and suicide
- Crisis messaging
- Events, specific times of year (eg Christmas)
Crisis Management Plan – Suicide
Roses in the Ocean works with you to develop a Crisis Management Plan for a situation where suicide impacts your staff and workplace.
- Suicide at work
- Suicide of staff member away from work
- Suicide attempt
- Suicide bereavement of staff member
- Supporting return to work
Ongoing bi-monthly or quarterly consulting and support