Lidia Di Lembo

Lidia Di Lembo lives in Darwin, NT and is a bereaved mother who lost her daughter Sabrina to suicide. The impact of this traumatic loss propelled Lidia and her husband to establish SabrinasReach4Life, a small charity/foundation in memory of their daughter, which is also a Suicide Prevention Network. Fundraising and awareness activity help support a Charles Darwin University scholarship to support a student studying in the faculty of Psychology or Social Work, and a monthly Bereaved by Suicide Support Group.  Lidia also spearheaded the establishment of an annual event for World Suicide Prevention Day since 2019, which brings the sector together to discuss local challenges and solutions in suicide prevention. Lidia is very active in advocating for improved and accessible mental health services for those who need support; further developing the peer led workforce as clinicians, whilst needed, are not the only ones who can assist those in distress; and through her involvement in Postvention Australia as Co Chair also helps strategically elevate the voice of those bereaved by suicide who are at high risk of suicide after a loss. These roles including being a member of the SPA Lived Experience Panel enable Lidia to collaborate, influence and contribute to the future development of government policy and strategies in suicide prevention and postvention.