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Your Experience Counts: Improving self-harm support

To learn from the experiences of people affected by self-harm we held a series of Recovery Conversation Cafés.

The cafés were commissioned by Penumbra and brought together a wide range of people. This included people with lived experience, family, friends, carers and organisations that provide support.

Feedback from the cafés is outlined in the Your Experience Counts report (download below). The report also features key actions you told us are needed to improve self-harm services and support in Scotland.

Learning is being used by the Penumbra Self-Harm Network Scotland team to inform peer-led support in three pilot services. It is also being used to further develop the recently launched online

Your experiences and ideas are also being shared with the Scottish Government. The new Self-Harm Strategy and Action Plan comes out later this year. A commitment to put lived experience at the heart of this has been made.

It can feel like you are wearing a mask. You hide from people you think won’t understand. We need to look behind the mask, this can be done by people who truly understand, that’s peer support.

Recovery Conversation Café participant

Your Experience Counts

A report (and summary report) with the key actions you identified are needed to improve self-harm support in Scotland.

Read the report