Lived experience

The information on this page is general in nature and may not reflect all experience. Please carefully consider your needs when exploring information about lived experience. If you need assistance, please contact a crisis service or consider the information on self-care.

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.

In this section

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experiences of suicide

Report about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experiences of suicide.

Lived experience insight

Jaelea Skehan, Director at Everymind, invites Ingrid Ozols, Director of mentalmealth@work (mh@work) to share her perspective on what the #YouCanTalk campaign means to her and how people can engage, support and connect with those who have lived experience of suicide.