“The new theme is ‘Creating Hope through Action’ and we believe that it will help us to instil light in those who have been touched by the darkness of suicide and self-harm. It also aims to inspire confidence in all of us, such that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. The concept behind the theme is heavily rooted in the need to emphasise that it is possible to overcome feelings of hopelessness, that it is possible not only to survive but also to thrive in life. We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide.
The collaborative effort of our incredible members, including those with lived experience of suicide, researchers, clinicians, policy planners and volunteers can strengthen the impact of this call to action. By creating hope through action such as providing a listening ear, signposting people to support services and sharing effective tools and resources to help cope, we can offer a solution other than suicide for those who can see no other alternative in a time of despair. By offering a glimmer of hope, we can and will save lives.” – International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) President, Professor Rory O’Connor
How is Roses in the Ocean getting involved?
On World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), Roses in the Ocean will be hosting three events:
- WSPD Public Event in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall where we host local service providers and community members and come together to share stories and insights, raise awareness and connect people to local services and supports. Joining us in support on the day will be:
- WSPD Hackathon – ‘Creating Solutions for the People, by the People’
- Creating Hope Through Action – A Lived Experience Video Series
How can you be involved?
In addition to our activities for WSPD in Queen Street Mall, Roses in the Ocean is aiming to authentically demonstrate how we are and how we would like to be creating hope through action in regard to suicide prevention and postvention ventures, by inviting community members to participate in the below two initiatives. Together we can create hope through action by spreading the word about what is been done and what we would like to achieve within the sector. The below projects will be showcased both in the lead up to and on WSPD itself.
World Suicide Prevention Day Hackathon: Creating Hope Through Action
‘Creating solutions for the people by the people’
Registrations are now closed. Thank you to all those who have registered to take part – we look forward to seeing your video submission.