Iris Foundation partnered with Suicide Prevention Australia and, through their Lived Experience Speakers Bureau workshop, we are pleased to announce there are now 7 new accredited speakers in our area bringing the total number of trained speakers to 10. Their stories provide messages of hope and practical ways to prevent suicide.
Tracy McCown (Manager, Lived Experience Network) and Tracey Gale (Lived Experience Network member and trained speaker) co-facilitated the 2-day workshop.
“We felt incredibly honoured to have been invited to deliver the workshop to this amazing group of people. Throughout the 2-day workshop the participants worked with each other to learn more about suicide, the prevention of suicide and their purpose for wanting to share their story.
At the conclusion of the workshop each individual courageously shared their story with passion, sometimes humour and a strong message for the community. Their stories do much more than raise awareness of suicide. Delivered to community groups and organisations, they provide messages of hope and practical ways to prevent suicide.“
If you are interested to hear from a speaker with lived experience please send an email of request to firstname.lastname@example.org
SPA defines ‘lived experience’ as having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has attempted suicide, been bereaved by suicide, or been touched by suicide in another way.