On the 19th of June, Mental Health Families and Friends TAS and Primary Health Tasmania are providing a half a day workshop for family members, friends and community members impacted by suicide bereavement to a half day support and connection workshop and lunch in nipaluna (Hobart, Tasmania).
We want to share some details on what you can expect from this workshop and what the activities touch on!
Workshop 1: From Heartache to Hope –
This workshop, delivered by Wendy of Talking about Training, will focus on suicide bereavement/loss and what makes it unique. Wendy will talk about the impact of grief as well as self-care, and support options for people impacted by suicide.
- Suicide loss – what makes it unique.
- Grief and trauma – the co-companions of suicide loss.
- Impact and effects of traumatic loss.
- Awareness opportunities to help.
- Caring for ourselves and others in a time of grief.
- Self-care and maintaining health and wellbeing.
- Local support services and resources for referral.
Wendy is from Tasmania and is an experienced suicide prevention and postvention trainer and has been working with people who have a lived experience of suicide for many years.
Workshop 2: Using Insight for Impact
This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the different components of your story, encourage you to reflect on which parts you wish to share and how they can be shared in a safe and impactful way to various audiences, and provides an overview of the different opportunities available for people with lived experience in suicide prevention. It will be delivered by Bronwen of Roses in the Ocean.
- Storytelling – key points for consideration when you share your story: key messages, sharing safely for you and others, the purpose of sharing your story.
- Media – work on your personal media template and learn how to prepare for interviews and the key questions you need to ask before accepting to be interviewed.
- Golden rules of community and individual advocacy.
- Opportunities for people with lived experience of suicide to play a role in suicide prevention.
Bronwen has lived experience of suicide loss and started Roses in the Ocean in QLD following the suicide of her brother.
Roses in the Ocean are a national body supporting people bereaved by suicide and advocating and supporting prevention initiatives.