Bronwen Edwards

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Roses in the Ocean

Bronwyn Edwards

A passionate advocate and driver for change in the suicide prevention field since losing her brother Mark to suicide in 2008, Bronwen is the founding CEO of ‘Roses in the Ocean’, a lead organisation for lived experience of suicide. Contributing to best practice and a growing evidence base, Roses in the Ocean collaborates with individuals and organisations across community, corporate, health and government sectors to effectively and meaningfully engage lived experience expertise and support lived experience informed practice.

Bronwen has been a key advocate for the inclusion of lived experience in all aspects of suicide prevention since 2011, passionately driving the uptake of non-clinical alternatives to the mental health system, greater support for families and carers, lived experience led co-design, and the emerging specialised Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce.

She holds positions on a wide range of state and national advisory committees including the Co-Chair of the International Association Suicide Prevention - Special Interest Group: Lived Experience; Member - Interim Queensland Suicide Prevention Network (iQSPN); Expert Advisory Group – National Safe Spaces Network; Member - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural and Clinical Advisory Group; BeyondBlue National Advisory Committee ‘The Way Back Support Service and the Black Dog Institute - National Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee.

Bronwen has extensive experience in community grassroots lived experience capacity, building facilitation and consultation, mentoring and peer warm line support. She is passionate about supporting government through lived experience expertise to implement a whole of government approach to suicide prevention, and the sector and mainstream health services to provide lived experience informed suicide prevention services and initiatives.

  • Mental ill-health
  • Stigma
  • Suicide
  • Suicide prevention
  • Lived experience
  • Government
  • Men
  • Women
  • Families
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