Lived Experience Tools

  • Speaker Readiness Recommendations 
    Considerations for someone with lived experience to think through prior to sharing their story. Provided by Family Services/Samaritans of Merrimack Valley.
  • Special Considerations for Telling Your Own Story: Best Practices for Presentations by Suicide Loss and Suicide Attempt Survivors 
    Considerations for someone with lived experience to think through prior to sharing their story, developed through the collaboration of several organizations and experts in the suicide prevention community. These organizations include the American Association of Suicidology, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, NAMI New Hampshire, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, and several individual mental health advocates and public speakers.
  • Storytelling for Suicide Prevention Checklist 
    Checklist incorporating recommendations from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Suicide Awareness Voices in Education, and the Activating Hope website to help someone with lived experience prepare for sharing their story.
  • Crisis Lines 
    List of national crisis lines with phone, text, and/or online chat services that provide free, confidential support and resources for people in emotional distress.
  • Resources for Suicide Attempt Survivors and Their Families and Friends 
    List of websites and national organizations that have resources devoted to suicide attempt survivors and their families and friends.
  • Resources for Survivors of Suicide Loss 
    List of websites and national organizations that have resources devoted to suicide loss survivors and their supporters.
  • Wyoming Wyld Wood Staff Letter 
    Example of an internal announcement to staff in a small company about the organization's commitment to suicide prevention efforts. It includes leadership disclosure and recruitment of staff with lived experience to join in planning activities.
  • SPRC Internal Recruitment Announcement 
    Example of an announcement to recruit internal staff with lived experience to participate on a suicide prevention project.
  • Community Advisory Board Application 
    Example of an advisory board application that invites disclosure of lived experience with suicide. Provided by the Suicide Prevention Program, Division of Violence and Injury Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • Story Bank Project Flyer 
    Sample of a flyer to recruit participants with lived experience for a suicide prevention project. Provided by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire.
  • Resources to Support Incorporating Lived Experience into an Organization 
    List of resources to help organizations incorporate lived experience more directly into their operations and processes.