PAMS gets behind Rowan's Walk to support suicide prevention awareness

Published on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 at 8:45:13 AM

PAMS and WA Police are working collaboratively with other organisations in Newman including the Shire of East Pilbara, Newman Futures and WA Country Health Service to support Rowan’s Walk.


Rowan's Walk commenced four years ago and was created by young indigenous leader Mr Rowan Dann. Rowan found solace walking from Port Hedland to South Hedland after his Aunty took her own life. In her memory, and in memory of others that had taken their own lives, Rowan wanted to raise awareness of the mental health challenges in his community and to honour and remember those who had lost their life to suicide.

Join us in raising awareness on suicide prevention this August 11th: 

Rowan's Walk


We are seeking Expressions of Interest for speakers with lived experiences of suicide for Rowan’s Walk.


The Black Dog Institute defines lived experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in the following way:

A lived experience recognises the effects of ongoing negative historical impacts and or specific events on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encompasses the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the individual, family or community.

People with lived or living experience of suicide are those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, been bereaved by suicide or having a loved one who has died by suicide, acknowledging that this experience is significantly different and takes into consideration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ways of understanding social and emotional wellbeing.”


If you have a lived experience and are interested in being a speaker at Rowan’s Walk in Newman, please feel free to be in contact with Clair Lee ([email protected]) or Beck Johnson ([email protected]).

We would also like to acknowledge that this is a challenging subject to talk about and if this email has brought any feelings up for you, please reach out to your colleagues and professional supports such as those listed here:

Beyond Blue

Call 1300 224 636


Suicide Call Back Service

Call 1300 659 467



Call 13 11 14


National Indigenous Critical Support Response Service

Call 1800 805 801


Lived Experience Resources

Mindframe has developed a suite of resources to support, encourage and build the capacity of those with lived experience.


A guide for lived experience speakers: talking about suicide

PDF - 184.87 KB download


A guide for lived experience speakers: preparing for an interview or speech

PDF - 172.69 KB download


A guide for lived experience speakers: understanding the media

PDF - 123.86 KB download


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