About Start the Conversation
Hello! I'm Rose Rowkins (previously Allett, pronouns she/her) - the face behind Start the Conversation.
I am on a mission to help people overcome their deep-rooted fears and find the words to talk about suicide, because I believe, I know, that talking can save lives. It saved mine.
I believe not only are we all capable of learning to have a brave, bold life-saving conversation, but that we all must learn these skills, because suicide doesn't discriminate. Just as anyone can learn these skills, anyone can think of suicide.
More about me
I'm an integrative humanistic counsellor, sun-worshipper, mum of one, keen yogi and singer, and I live in (and love) Brighton, UK. In case you hadn't realised already, I'm also a passionate, experienced, international trainer of suicide prevention skills:
Co-creator of 90-minute Zoom session Talking about Suicide: Ten Tools (TAS10)
Master Trainer for LivingWorks, having delievered over 40 ASIST workshops across both hemispheres
Accredited Tutor of Suicide First Aid, the UK's only National Qualification in suicide prevention (City & Guilds Level 4)
Consultant Tutor for the National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training UK CIC
Since 2015, I have personally taught 1000s of people around the world (face-to-face and online) the skills and confidence to talk about suicide, including GPs, teachers, managers, HR teams, counsellors, youth workers, police officers, veterans, firefighters.
I have also...
managed the innovative, award-winning YMCA Safe Space, amongst other mental health and youth projects
driven and worked my way across the Sahara Desert in a campervan
created resources for parents worried about their child’s self-harm (like this short film)
coached Vietnam veterans in the Australian bush on how to listen
coordinated a team of teenagers to teach new doctors (through realistic roleplay!) how to communicate more effectively with their teenage patients who are self-harming or thinking of suicide.
Partners, Collaborators, Fellow Trainers
No person is an island! Below are just some of the individuals I am proud to work alongside - all exceptional passionate trainers, consistently delivering high-quality, engaging training experiences, and each experts in their field, with proven achievements and success in Mental Health, Further Education, Local Authority, Human Resources, Coaching and more.
Whether partners, collaborators, fellow trainers and team-mates, we actively encourage one another's professional and personal growth, and recognise that together, we are worth more than the sum of our parts.
Want to work or train together? Collaborate? Find common ground? Contact Rose here or schedule a call/Zoom.
Alison is Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor specialising in suicide prevention training.
Andrea is Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor specialising in suicide prevention training.
Ann is an ASIST trainer and founder of Olly's Future.
Chris is an accomplished trainer and co-founder of Grassroots Suicide Prevention.