Bronwen lost her brother Mark to suicide in 2008 after supporting him for a number of years.
In 2011, she founded ‘Roses in the Ocean’, a lead organisation for lived experience, which exists to save lives and reduce emotional pain by informing, influencing and enhancing suicide prevention through the lived experience, and supporting organisations to effectively and meaningfully engage lived experience expertise.
It is a driving force behind a number of ground-breaking initiatives influencing suicide prevention policy and strategies, health system reform, integration of suicide prevention into workplaces, co-designing non-clinical alternatives of care, developing the emerging SP Peer Workforce and building capacity of communities.
Bronwen represents Roses in the Ocean in a number of local, state and national positions:
- Co-Chair of the Queensland Suicide Prevention in Health Taskforce (2016-2020)
- Black Dog Institute – LifeSpan Research & Advisory Committee
- IASP SIG Chair – Lived Experience
- Director – Suicide Prevention Australia
- Brisbane North PHN Strategic Partnership Group
- CRESP (Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention) Lived Experience Advisory Group
- Expert Advisory Group – Adult Mental Health Centres
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre Advisory Group