Supporting and Enabling People with Lived Experience of Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour to Use Their Voice

Institute of Public Care was commissioned by the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) to run a series of four workshops in different parts of the country for people with lived experience to explore how best to harness their skills and experience to help to prevent suicide locally and nationally.

Key questions included:

  • What counts as ‘lived experience’
  • What kinds of activities could people get involved in?
  • How best can we equip / support people to get involved?
  • What helps, what gets in the way?
  • What is our vision?

Over 60 people attended the workshops in Washington (Newcastle), Exeter, Oxford and Diss (Suffolk) and feedback was very positive. Hampshire Public Health team has asked us to run a workshop in their area later this month.

NSPA is now working on developing, training and supporting a network of people to use their voice to influence suicide prevention policy and practice and would like to hear from people who’d like to be involved:

If you would like to explore holding a workshop for people with lived experience to enable their voice to be heard in developing suicide prevention strategies and plans please get in touch with Clare Dodwell, Principal Consultant, Institute of Public Care T: 01865 790312