Lived Experience

Giving people with a lived experience of suicide the tools to support themselves and contribute to all aspects of suicide prevention in our region.


What is lived experience?

Roses in the Ocean defines lived experience of suicide as "having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through suicidal crisis, or been bereaved by suicide."

Why does lived experience matter?

According to Roses in the Ocean, people with a lived experience of suicide "bring insight, wisdom and perspective that is critical to informing the best approaches to reducing emotional distress and pain and saving lives". When people with a lived experience are supported to use their voices with confidence and purposes, they have enormous potential to facilitate "impactful local suicide prevention solutions that drive positive changes in culture and services, contributing to healthy and sustainable communities."

Our Voice in Action training

Many people within our communities have a lived experience of suicide. Some have experienced thoughts of suicide or survived a suicide attempt; some are carers to others who experience suicidal crisis; and some continue to endure the loss of someone they loved who has died by suicide.

The voice, insight and wisdom of people with a lived experience of suicide are critically important to enrich the work of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative.

In May 2022, the Collaborative will be offering 'Our Voice in Action' training to support people with lived experience of suicide to learn about the field of suicide prevention and reflect on what they can bring to the work. Delivered by Roses in the Ocean, Australia’s leading lived experience of suicide organisation, the 2-day training will help build capacity and the required skills for people to meaningfully and safely participate in suicide prevention work and advocacy. It will provide an opportunity for people to explore their lived experience and understand how it can be combined with other skills for greatest influence and impact.

To find out more, please read the flyer.

Please read 'Readiness to be involved in suicide prevention' before expressing your interest in the training - the link can be found in the flyer above.

Details on how to express your interest in participating can also be found in the flyer above.

Or to get in touch with Mark Ellis, our Lived Experience Coordinator, please email us at

Please note, Mark only works Thursday and Fridays.