Lived Experience Network
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Lived Experience Network

Building Capacity for Engagement & Participation in Suicide Prevention Activities
We remember those we have lost to suicide and we acknowledge the suffering that suicide brings when it touches our lives.

Our aim is to ensure that we provide for all people a future that inspires and empowers individuals and communities, and is filled with hope and meaning.
Suicide Prevention Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connections to land, sea and community.  We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present.
What does a Lived Experience of Suicide mean?  
SPA, in line with its values - Integrity, Inclusivity, Respect - defines Lived Experience as someone who has experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has attempted suicide, been bereaved by suicide, or having been touched by suicide in some other way. 
Involving Lived Experience in the development of services, programs and research

Suicide Prevention Australia's Lived Experience Network can be accessed when you are seeking input and advice from people with a lived experience of suicide. Call or write to see how the knowledge and wisdom of those with a lived experience of suicide can be engaged in the development of programs, services and research.
Contact Us
Suicide Prevention Australia
GPO Box 219
Sydney NSW 2001
02 02 9262 1130
ABN: 64 461 352 676
ACN: 164 450 882
ACNC Registered Charity
Support Suicide Prevention Australia by making a tax-deductible donationTo learn more about the Lived Experience Network visit the SPA website.
22 May 2018
Hello everyone
Not too long ago SPA made the announcement that Sue Murray was stepping down as CEO and moving into the role of Research Fund Director.
At that time SPA began the search for the next CEO and we are really excited that Nieves Murray joined SPA in the role of CEO! You can read her bio here and read the announcement in Pro Bono Australia news. Nieves is a Lifeline volunteer and was previously a Director of Coordinar, South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network and is passionate about mental health and social justice in Australia.
Other changes at SPA include new Policy Committee Members. They bring with them an impressive diversity of professional and personal experience as well as a passion for making real, sustainable, practical and positive change through suicide prevention policy.
A warm welcome to:
  • Debbie Evans, Lifeline Tasmania
  • Graeme Holdsworth, Lived Experience Expert
  • John Dalgleish, yourtown
  • Nicolas Brown, batyr
  • Trevor Hazell, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
The other big news is the Tread Together National Community Challenge taking place this Friday, 25 May from 3pm through to Saturday, 26 May 3pm all across Australia! Click here to see how you can get involved!
We would also like to thank Lived Experience Network Member Judith for sharing her story for the Tread Together National Community Challenge.
Warm regards
Lived Experience Program Manager
02 9262 1130

Crisis Supporter Workplace Training Rewrite Project (Sydney, NSW opportunity)
Following on from an initial consultation held in Melbourne earlier in the year, Lifeline are holding another workshop (3rd and 4th July) for the Crisis Supporter Workplace Training Rrewrite Pronect, with the focus for this workshop being on Lifeline's new practice framework that is being developed.
They are looking to engage people with Lived Experience of suicide who reside in Sydney.
As this workshop is focused on the new practice model, Lifeline are specifically looking for people who have contacted Lifeline recently and can recall your interaction. This will bring a strong layer of personal experience around their current practice to the workshop which will ensure they are moving forward with the best possible framework.
Please register your interest at
National Writing Competition: Grieve Project - Hunter Writers Centre
Closes Monday 28th May, 8.00pm AEST 
Talking openly about suicide and its prevention is so important. Across our national network of people with personal experience of suicide we often hear stories that are spoken, stories that are written and stories shared through film and song. These are all so different yet equally powerful in communicating emotions, lessons, calls to action and strong messages of hope.
We want to let you know of another opportunity to tell your story, a national writing competition called 'Grieve.' The competition is open to all Australian's. Closes 8pm AEST 28 May 2018.
The team at Hunter Writers Centre welcome entries from people of all walks of life and encourages people to interpret the concept of grief and loss however resonates with a particular feeling or experience. More information can be found here.
#livedexp #Storytelling
Engage with your community
Next week marks National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) with the theme 'Don't Keep History A Mystery'. We encourage everyone to attend a National Reconcilisation Week event, or consider hosting your own.
Schizophrenia Awareness Week will be held 20 - 27 May to coincide with World Schizophrenia Awaeness Day on Thursday 24 May. The national theme for 2018 is 'Do What You Can Do'. People living with schizophrenia are among the most highly stigmatised and socially marginalised people in our community. This week aims to reduce stigma towards people affected by schizophrenia, encourage inclusive behaviour, bust myths about schizophrenia and promote help-seeking by people affected by schizophrenia and their carers. Volunteer to organise a local community activity or event.
Have your say on policy and programs - Senate Committee Inquiries
Getting involved in Senate Committee inquiries provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to participate in policy making and to have their view placed on the public record and considered as part of the decision-making process. Visit this page to see the current Senate Inquiries and to lear more about making a submission.
SPA's Audioboom & Podcast Series
NSUWorks A Qualitative Report: If you knew the end of the story, would you still want to hear it? The importance of narrative time for mental health care
Download this paper to read the Qualitiative Report.
Learn more about the work of Suicide Prevention Australia and the Lived Experience Network
Visit the about page for our Vision, Purpose and Guiding Principles
Visit the what is lived experience page to see the Guiding Principles on the Inclusion of Lived Experience
Download the Guide to Self Care document
Contact Us
Suicide Prevention Australia
GPO Box 219  Sydney NSW 2001
02 9262 1130
ABN: 64 461 352 676
ACN: 164 450 882


Support Suicide Prevention Australia by making a tax-deductible donation
To learn more about the Lived Experience Network visit the SPA website