Roses Radio is a podcast series of open and frank discussions with courageous people who have a lived experience of suicide. We hope the conversations help those who are trying to understand suicide and for many, to understand their own experience. Each podcast has it’s own unique perspective and all encompassing view of suicide irrespective of the place from which you view it. Join us today for a deeply personal and sometimes confronting journey that we hope will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.
Roma grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, but struggled to 'fit in'. Her story is one shared by many people in this country who work hard to establish identities while confronting troubling stereotypes and perceptions, and problematic behaviours that emanate as a result. Roma was othered - a term she uses to explain how it feels like when you are not accepted within mainstream social structures and systems. As difficult as it was for her, it was made even more complex with the death of her younger brother to suicide. To be othered as an individual is hard enough, but to be othered as a family - socially, culturally and spiritually - is devastating. Such was the stigma that the family experienced it had significant consequences. Roma talks candidly about these ideas, made even more compelling when we hear how this is now having an impact on her son.