Why is it important to include lived experience?

Being impacted by suicide is a devastating and unique bereavement. It can be frightening, isolating, and evoke complicated grief reactions. Lived experience involves anyone who has been impacted by suicide. Everything we do to ensure timely and appropriate support must be informed those with experience of this. They must be at the root of what informs thinking and practice. People with lived experience of suicide bring insight, knowledge and perspective that is critical to informing the best approaches to suicide prevention, including bereavement support.  People with a lived experience of suicide are critical to informing us of what is needed to reduce emotional pain and empower people to live through their bereavement.