What has been your role in the development of the National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System?


0:04 my name is sam fewings and i am a father
0:07 and i am a husband um and i'm also
0:11 someone with lived experience of suicide
0:13 and suicidal ideation
0:15 i have been involved
0:17 with this project for 12 to 18 months
0:21 as a lived experience advisor
0:23 and on occasion had the uh the privilege
0:26 of
0:27 sharing my thoughts um on
0:31 the development and and how important it
0:33 is um and it's been an absolute
0:35 privilege to do it and i'm very grateful

Who are you
0:37 my name is emily unity and my pronouns
0:40 are she day
0:41 i'm a person of lift experience of
0:43 personal attempts of suicide and
0:45 bereaving family and friends to suicide
0:48 i use my privilege as lived experience
0:50 advisor to ensure that diverse lived
0:52 experiences of suicide are at the heart
0:54 of the system's design and continuous
0:56 improvements some key focus areas for me
0:59 have been ensuring that the system is
1:01 person-centred transparent safe and
1:04 ultimately guaranteeing that nothing is
1:06 done about us without us

What do you think
1:10 um i think anything we can do to try and
1:12 improve
1:13 um suicide monitoring anything we can do
1:16 to try and bust myths by using data
1:20 by looking at the actual facts the
1:22 statistics
1:24 is going to be incredibly helpful um
1:26 i think that uh
1:28 even if it saves one life um
1:31 this whole project has been worth it um
1:34 because as we all know that
1:36 suicide has a ripple effect um and it
1:38 devastates families and it's um it's
1:41 something that we really need to focus
1:42 on so i think it's incredibly important
1:46 deaths by suicide are preventable
1:48 this system can help governments
1:50 services and communities to identify
1:53 emerging trends and priority populations
1:55 affected by suicide
1:57 it is my hope that the system can create
1:59 more opportunities to co-design suicide
2:01 prevention initiatives that are timely
2:03 effective and accessible

2:11 i made a decision a couple of years ago
2:13 to
2:14 do this work full-time i left a
2:16 corporate role
2:18 because
2:19 i felt like
2:21 there was more i could do
2:23 to help
2:24 it is
2:25 absolutely vital
2:27 work that everybody's doing in the
2:31 suicide prevention space
2:33 and anything that we can do to help
2:36 even one person get the right level of
2:38 assistance
2:39 identify where someone might be in
2:41 crisis
2:42 provide opportunities for academics or
2:45 others
2:46 to inform policy um is
2:51 is vital and is uh very close to my
2:53 heart
2:55 um
2:56 as someone who has survived a number of
2:58 suicide attempts um
3:00 and you know as i said i'm a father and
3:03 i'm a i'm a husband and things like that
3:06 [Music]
3:07 you know
3:08 suicide
3:09 i am the face of suicide there is no
3:12 i'm one of the many faces of suicide um
3:15 and so to be able to help another person
3:17 to be able to have someone
3:19 be helped by this system um
3:21 it's it makes me incredibly grateful and
3:23 i'm i'm i'm really
3:25 thankful that i had the opportunity to
3:27 do it i am one of a group of lived
3:29 experience advisors who have lived
3:30 through unfathomable experiences and we
3:33 want to change the narrative for other
3:34 people
3:36 i'm honored and privileged to have had
3:38 the opportunity to co-design the system
3:40 and i will continue to do everything i
3:42 can to help reduce suicide
3:48 you

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