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Men’s Lived Experience Network Gaining Momentum

The National Men’s Lived Experience of Suicide Network, first conceived in 2021, is beginning to gain momentum after a successful meeting in July and with two more sessions lined up before the end of 2022. 

The Network aims  to create a safe and supportive opportunity for the men with lived experience of suicide to meet, create a sense of community, and share their challenges and their victories. 

Over time, the Network will build its capacity to support men with lived experience of suicide to help create more effective strategies to prevent suicide among men.

 

The Network provides a contact point for the suicide prevention sector, governments, researchers and the community to engage with men with lived experience of suicide who are trained, supported and can contribute to programs and policy.

Some of the different ways the network aims to be the voice of male lived experience include:

• Contributing to policy submissions in areas that may impact on male suicide
• Speaking at conferences or other forums and meetings
• Leading programs that seek to address male suicidality
• Supporting other men coming to terms with their own lived experience

At present, the Network is primarily an online forum that meets bi-monthly. Its next meeting is in September when Steven Gray is the guest speaker. Steven has lived experience of PTSD and has now been working in the mental health sector for eight years as a counsellor in addictions, abuse, social and emotional wellbeing, and behaviour change.

The network builds on the work from the Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience of Suicide Summit of 2021 and is co-chaired by the Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF).

To learn more about the Network and find out how to join and attend meetings, see the Roses In The Ocean website.  

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