People with lived experience can provide valuable insights into suicide prevention initiatives. The personal experience and understanding of their journey can guide prevention planning, treatment, and education, as well as contribute to improved care and enhanced safety to reduce suicide attempts and deaths.
People with lived experience can provide hope and resilience to those at risk of suicide.
Appropriately-trained lived experience speakers can enhance community understanding of suicide and its impacts. They are strong advocates to include in suicide prevention planning and can assist to reduce stigma and improve knowledge within the Australian public.
To ensure that the delivery of information is safe and appropriate, Life in Mind encourages lived experience speakers to be accessed through agencies and programs that have clear structures around training and supporting those who have lived experience.
It is also important that lived experience representatives are included in the development of policy, programs and other strategies to ensure their knowledge is shared and included in the early stages of development.
It is, however, vital that people with lived experience have a safe forum to share knowledge and experience to ensure self-care becomes a best practice when workshops, consultations and training are provided.