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Creating Hope with Peer Support

We’re collaborating with local and national suicide prevention partners to boost community-based peer support groups across the country.

Scottish Government and COSLA Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan – Creating Hope Together – recognises the valuable contribution of peer support in our communities.

Space, compassion and hope

A peer support approach provides space, compassion and hope for people in crisis. Connecting with others with similar experiences provides a space where people can share, feel listened to and be heard. Peer support helps people to see that they are not alone. It can contribute to making sure people receive help at the earliest opportunity. It can ensure the right support is there for people and their families at the right time.

Order your free resource!

We’ve been working with a range of projects to create and pilot a new practical and adaptable resource to equip more people to offer peer support in their communities (order below). We’re hosting an online information session on 22 May 2024. This is an opportunity to hear more about the new resource and to find out about how to get involved with the Creating Hope with Peer Support project.

This is a compassionate, gentle approach. It humanises suicide in that it doesn’t feel clinical.

Pilot participant

Creating Hope with Peer Support

A resource for people, groups, organisations and services interested in providing peer support.


Power of lived experience

At the heart of the Creating Hope with Peer Support project is providing spaces for people, organisations and services to come together to connect and share learning around suicide prevention. In particular spaces where the voices of lived experience are recognised and valued.

In this blog – Hope can flourish – our Projects Coordinator Hannah reflects on The Power of Lived Experience networking day which took place towards the end of last year. You can also watch the film below for a snapshot of this inspiring event.

Safely sharing experiences

A partnership project with United to Prevent Suicide and the Suicide Prevention Scotland Lived Experience Panel has resulted in the launch of two new guides to support the sharing and gathering of experiences of mental health and suicide.

The Gathering Lived Experiences’ guide is a fantastic resource. It’s my bible when working with the lived experience panel, and is particularly helpful for the safe induction of new panel members.”

Tracy Millar, Lived Experience Panel Coordinator

Safely sharing experiences

Guide 1 is for people preparing to share their lived experiences. Guide 2 is for people who support people to share their lived experiences.

Free guides