‘Nuggets of gold’: Insights from voices of lived experience

This report summarises the outcomes of a scoping project exploring the possibility of gathering and sharing ‘nuggets of gold’ – that is, stories from those with lived experience of suicide attempt. The ‘nuggets of gold’ project came about after members of the Suicide Mortality Review Committee identified a gap in knowledge in Aotearoa New Zealand […]

Developing an intervention for suicide prevention: A rapid review of lived experience involvement

Objective While suicide prevention interventions should be informed by lived experience, there are no reviews examining involvement of lived experience (LE) thus far. This rapid review aimed to synthesize available studies using LE of suicidality to guide the development of suicide prevention interventions. Method A rapid review following PRISMA guidelines was conducted. Key electronic databases […]

Preliminary evaluation of lived experience of suicide training: Short-, medium- and longer-term impacts of Our Voices in Action training

Despite increased participation and multiple workforce roles of those with lived experience in suicide prevention, there are no evaluated training programs to support this population. This study evaluated a training program aimed to prepare people for these important roles. Survey data at pre-, post- and at three- and 12-month follow-up were used measuring knowledge, attitudes, […]

“All I need is someone to talk to”: Evaluating DISCHARGED suicide peer support

Alternatives to Suicide is a different and emerging approach to the suicide prevention paradigm, utilising peer support groups to focus on connection and relationship-building. The groups are a space where people can share  openly and authentically about their suicidal thoughts and feelings, without fear of a clinical intervention. This research project evaluated the impact experienced […]

Representing suicide: Giving voice to a desire to die?

Drawing on interview and online ethnographic data from a study of suicide on the railways, this paper describes the ways in which many of the concepts, assumptions and practices of mainstream suicide prevention are challenged in the accounts of those who are planning, or have enacted, a suicide attempt. We reflect on the ethical dilemmas […]

Feasibility of a serious game coupled with a contact-based session led by lived experience workers for depression prevention in high-school students

Background Stigma and limited mental health literacy impede adolescents getting the help they need for depressive symptoms. A serious game coupled with a classroom session led by lived experience workers (LEWs) might help to overcome these barriers. The school-based Strong Teens and Resilient Minds (STORM) preventive program employed this strategy and offered a serious game, […]

Suicide by hanging: A scoping review

Suicide by hanging is increasing in many countries around the world and whilst efforts are being made to influence the prevention agenda to reduce the incidence, little is known regarding the contributing factors for choosing this method. The purpose of this scoping review is to summate understandings about how the epidemiology and prevention of suicide […]

Reflecting on lived experience: Suicide prevention and the importance of social work in mental health

INTRODUCTION: National suicide prevention strategies and action plans have, historically, been written without input from consumers/current users of mental health services. People who could arguably be seen as experts in this area are rarely asked for their knowledge regarding the efficacy of suicide prevention and intervention efforts. The aims of this study were to gain further […]

Strategies to stay alive: Adaptive toolboxes for living well with suicidal behavior

Suicidal behavior constitutes a major global problem. Qualitative research utilizing the first-hand experiences of those who have survived attempts to take their own lives can offer much in the way of understanding how to live well despite ongoing suicidal behavior. Given that suicidal intentions and behaviors occur within the person’s subjective construal, the solutions to […]

Development of an online suicide prevention program involving people with lived experience: Ideas and challenges

Background Fear of stigmatization, self-stigmatization, and insucient information can lead to secrecy, reduced helpseeking, lower self-esteem, and lower self-ecacy among people affected by suicidality or suicide. Therefore, we developed an online suicide prevention program aiming to improve knowledge about suicidality and suicide stigma. Methods Inspired by the Australian program The Ripple Effect, a German team […]

Connected in creation: A collection of lived experience through cultural expression

Connected in Creation is a wide-ranging anthology of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction written by fifteen First Nations and Métis staff at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. With powerful clarity and an abundance of wisdom, these writers speak of the hurt and losses of colonization, along with the hope, resilience, and fierce resistance […]

Experiences of a recovery-oriented caring approach to suicidal behavior: A single-case study

Research considering the basis for mental health nurses wanting to enable recovery among people who suffer from suicidal behavior is sparse. The aim of this study is to explore and evaluate how a new recovery-oriented caring approach (ROCA) was experienced by a suicidal patient in a context of close relatives and nurses. A single-case study […]

Storytelling of suicide attempt recovery and its relationship with mental health treatment-seeking attitudes and behaviors: An experimental study

Objective: This experimental study investigated if watching a brief video detailing an individual’s recovery following a suicide attempt increased college student mental health treatment-seeking attitudes and resource engagement more than viewing a psychoeducational video about suicide. Participants: Undergraduate student participants (N = 218) completed the study online. Methods: Participants were randomized to see either the storytelling or one of two narrated psychoeducation […]

Reasons for living among those with lived experience entering the suicide prevention workforce

This study explored reasons for living among those with lived experience of suicide entering the suicide prevention workforce. The study recruited 110 participants from two Roses in the Ocean training programs (79% female, mean age 46.5). Responses to open-ended survey questions about reasons for living were analyzed using qualitative content analysis method. Connection to others and service […]

Lived experience peer support programs for suicide prevention: A systematic scoping review

Background Peer-led support models have gained increasing popularity in suicide prevention. While previous reviews show positive effects of peer-led support for people with mental health problems and those bereaved by suicide, little is known about the types of lived experience peer support programs in suicide prevention and whether these are effective in improving the health […]

The lived experiences of those bereaved by suicide

This study sought to explore the lived experience of the bereaved-by-suicide and to provide a detailed description of their experience with the loss of a loved one. The study participants were 12 bereaved-by-suicide individuals between the ages of 21 and 65 who had experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide two or more […]

Carers’ motivations for, and experiences of, participating in suicide research

Background: First-hand accounts of lived experience of suicide remain rare in the research literature. Increasing interest in the lived experience of suicide is resulting in more opportunities for people to participate in research based on their personal experience. How individuals choose to participate in research, and their experience of doing so, are important considerations in […]

A survey of people with lived experience of suicide-related behavior in Queensland, Australia

Background: Many organizations provide support to people affected by suicide-related behavior, for example, those bereaved by suicide, those who have attempted suicide, and their informal carers. However, evidence regarding how well used, and acceptable, these resources are is lacking. Aims: To investigate the views about and experiences with support and resources of people with lived experience of suicide […]

Qualitative evidence in suicide ideation, attempts, and suicide prevention (IN: Handbook of Qualitative Health Research for Evidence-Based Practice, edited by K. Olson, R. Young & I. Schultz)

Understandings of suicidal behavior which contextualize and historicize the experience of despair, and which privilege subjective meanings, provide important insights into this complex phenomenon. The main purpose of this chapter is to bring to light the significant contributions that qualitative researchers have made to the evidence base on suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention. The burgeoning […]

Exploring lived experience in gender and sexual minority suicide attempt survivors

Gender and sexual minorities (GSM) are at a higher risk for victimization, discrimination, and emotional distress. GSM also face unique stressors that contribute to negative mental health outcomes, such as family and interpersonal rejection, ostracism and isolation, and internalized gender and sexual stigma. Suicide attempt survivors often experience similar stigma and isolation after an attempt. […]

Importance of messages for a suicide prevention media campaign: An expert consensus study

Background: A suicide prevention media campaign aimed at family members and friends may be one useful population-level suicide prevention strategy for Australia. However, currently there is limited evidence of what messages would be acceptable and appropriate for inclusion. Aims: This expert consensus study aimed to identify messages that experts with lived experience of suicide risk and suicide prevention […]

We are not the problem, we are part of the solution: Indigenous lived experience project report

In June 2018, the Centre of Best Practce in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) facilitated a workshop to investgate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experiences of suicide. The aims of the workshop were to ensure the meaningful inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in an overall Lived Experience Project (the […]

The aftermath of Aboriginal suicide: Lived experience as the missing foundation for suicide prevention and postvention.

This paper aimed to highlight the systemic and theoretical barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been bereaved by suicide. Incorporating the lived experiences of two advocates, Leilani Darwin and Julie Turner, and professional experiences of Matthew Trindall and Laura Ross, the paper explores the importance of including Aboriginal lived experiences in […]