She lived 65 years before finding her reason to live

1 April 2016

Clare tells us that this video is "a suggestion about staying alive long enough to find your special change that will allow you to be so deeply happy that you will want to live forever, made by Clare Headland, a woman who lived for 65 years before finding her reason to live." A podcast of this piece is also available for you to listen to on Audioboom at

Clare is a member of the SPA Lived Experience Network and is a 'graduate' of our Suicide Prevention Lived Experience Speakers Bureau Program. In this program we help participants construct a compelling story about their lived experience of suicide and give them the skills to adapt that story to suit a wide range of audiences from corporate and community groups, to sporting clubs and schools.  Speakers are requested for different reasons from a desire to raise awareness and increase understanding of the impact of suicide to more specific needs such as following a recent suicide within an organisation.

It is so important to talk openly and safely about suicide but, if watching this video triggers difficult emotions in you, please talk about how you’re feeling with a trusted family member, friend or people at one of our partner organisations. Call Lifeline on 131114, Qlife on 1800 184 527, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline 1800 551800 FREE.