Lived Experience Network

Our vision is that fewer lives are lost to suicide and anyone affected by suicide receives the best possible support. With our Lived Experience Network we are striving to ensure that suicide prevention activity across the country is underpinned by lived experience; and that lived experience is valued, respected and seen as legitimate.  

What do we mean by lived experience?

By ‘lived experience’ we mean people who have experienced or live with suicidal thoughts, people who have attempted suicide, people living with or in relationships with those who have suicidal thoughts, and those bereaved by suicide. This can include professionals working in this field with personal experience.

We are currently working with people with lived experience in two different ways:

Online Panel

Join this large lived experience panel and once or twice a month we will contact you asking you to complete a survey, quick poll or provide feedback at a time that suits you, or on areas that you’re interested in.  You will be using your lived experience to inform our influencing work, support our policy responses or comment on campaign plans. Find out more about our Online Lived Experience Panel here and begin helping us reduce suicide and support those affected by suicide.

Lived Experience Influencers

The NSPA is working alongside a group of people with lived experience of suicide who are trained and supported to work at a strategic level to influence suicide prevention policy and practice. This might include, for example, being part of advisory and steering groups; meetings with local and national government; reviewing national, regional or local suicide prevention strategies and plans; or speaking at events. Read more about our Lived Experience Influencers and find out about what the role involves here.