Suicide Loss Survivors


A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide

In the U.S., the majority of people who take their lives are working-aged people, and yet workplaces are often unprepared to deal with this crisis.  Today the American Association of Suicidology and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention announce the launch of a collaborative publication, in partnership with Crisis Care Network, and the Carson J. Spencer Foundation entitled A Mangers Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide.

Click here to view and download A Manager's Guide.

You are not alone!

A Letter of Comfort from Former AAS President Michelle Linn-Gust [PDF]

Coping with the Holidays: A Note from Former AAS President Michelle Linn-Gust

There are roughly 36,000 suicides annually in the U.S.
It is estimated that for every suicide there are 6 survivors.
So, approximately 5.4 million Americans became survivors of suicide in the last 25 years!


Surviving SuicideSurviving Suicide

Surviving Suicide is a newsletter written for and by survivors of suicide. To subscribe, please fill out an order form, and fax it or mail it to AAS. If you're interested in submitting an article, see our writers guidelines.


Resources for Survivors

Best Practices for Presentations by Suicide Loss and Suicide Attempt Survivors [PDF]

Survivors of Suicide Fact Sheet [PDF]
Discusses common experiences and reactions of those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Helping Survivors of Suicide: What can you do? [PDF]
This is a fact sheet for friends, family members, co-workers, etc. who are looking for information on how to help a survivor of suicide.

Beyond Surviving: 25 suggestions for Survivors [PDF]
Compiled by survivor-movement pioneer Iris M. Bolton.

Books Recommended by AAS For Survivors
Interested in submitting your publication for review?[PDF]

Bibliography [PDF]
List of books written for and by survivors. 
*Last updated 07/29/2014

Learn how to facilitate a survivor support group
Our friends over at AFSP offer training for those interested in facilitating a support group.

History of the survivor movement
A movie and a slide show of the people, books and ideas that have shaped the history of the survivor movement, a presentation at our 2008 Annual Conference.

Personal Stories from Survivors

Marilyn Koenig: Mother and Survivor 
by David Davis

Mourning the Loss of a Twin Sibling: Separated at Death
by Benjamin Fox

Surviving on Film: Dempsey Rice Pays Tribute to Her Mother
by David Davis

Running Through the Pain: Suzy Favor-Hamilton, Survivor and Olympian
by Michelle Linn-Gust


Books Reviewed and Recommended by AAS for Survivors

Want your book reviewed and recommended by the AAS Publications Review Committee for Survivors?

Click here to find out how [PDF]


SOS - Survivors of SuicideThe SOS Handbook* is a pocket-sized, quick-reference booklet for suicide survivors. Written by fellow survivor Jeffrey Jackson, it is brief, clear, and packed with essential information covering nearly every aspect of the survivor ordeal -- from the emotional roller-coaster, to the elusive quest for "Why?", to how to find support groups in your area. You can also order the print version of the handbook here.

SOS en Espanol

*Statistics are outdated and being updated.  


Resources for mental health clinicians who have lost a client to suicide