AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY
Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business
Suicide Attempt Survivors
In 2014, AAS took the historic step of approving a membership division for people who have been suicidal and their supporters. Our goal is to make sure people who've been suicidal are central to research, policy-making, public messaging, treatment and support. We're colleagues and friends.

We share real-life stories at What Happens Now?, a blog project for AAS started in 2013.

As we become more open and confident in discussing suicidal thinking, the resources for us grow. We are encouraging and supporting people who want to step forward to share their stories and their hope.

National initiatives, here and abroad

The Way Forward: This 2014 report, with video, by the Suicide Attempt Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has groundbreaking recommendations for supporting anyone who's been suicidal. The primary writer was our division director, Dr. DeQuincy Lezine: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/task-force/suicide-attempt-survivors/

We highly recommend the resources listed at the end of "The Way Forward:"
http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/sites/actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/files/The-Way-Forward-Final-2014-07-01.pdf

Suicide Prevention Australia position statement: This helped set Australia's focus on the issue; http://suicidepreventionaust.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/SPA-SuicideAttemptSurvivors-PositionStatement.pdf

How you can help

Here's a guide: http://attemptsurvivors.com/help-out/

Support Groups

List of all know attempt survivor support groups: http://attemptsurvivors.com/support-groups/

Manual for Support Groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors: This detailed guide by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles has been listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's best practice registry.

The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment: This San Francisco organization headed by division member Eduardo Vega is pioneering a number of projects for attempt survivors, including a support group and speakers' bureau: http://dignityandrecoverycenter.org/center-programs/transforming-suicide-prevention/

Supports for families and friends

A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA08-4357/SMA08-4357.pdf

After an Attempt: The emotional impact of suicide attempts on families, by division member Heidi Bryan: http://www.heidibryan.com/uploads/After_An_Attempt_2013_booklet_download.pdf

Beyond Blue: This Australia organization has produced this guide for loved ones: http://www.beyondblue.org/au/the-facts/suicide-prevention/support-after-a-suicide-attempt

Attempt survivors in the media

We work well with the media. Contact the division director, Dr. DeQuincy Lezine, at drlezine@gmail.com and communications volunteer Cara Anna caraesque@gmail.com.

Our emergence has received some high-profile coverage. A few examples:

The New York Times: Suicide Prevention Shed a Taboo: Talking About Attempts
http://t.co/DvMxKgTIt8

National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/11/330464049/suicide-attempt-survivors-seek-a-voice-in-helping-others-at-risk

The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2014/04/28/suicide-attempt-survivors-speak-about-their-experiences-hoping-reach-those-risk/ffrjBg4qQPLHlvi9srqKBP/story.html

Personal Stories

The federal government (SAMHSA) is soon to publish a booklet for attempt survivors drawing on personal interviews.

Live Through This: A national series of portraits of attempt survivors, by division member Dese'Rae Stage: livethroughthis.org

Talking About Suicide: Dozens of interviews with attempt survivors, by division member Cara Anna: http://talkingaboutsuicide.com/

Videos

"Can You Hear Me Now? New voices of attempt survivors:" A panel at the AAS conference in 2014, featuring division members Dese'Rae Stage, Samatha Nadler, Misha Kessler and Craig Miller: http://t.co/L1f9Mvim3p

Lived experience and Zero Suicide: A short video featuring researcher and division member Ursula Whiteside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAKAKjbwzF8

Now Matters Now: A skills training program for people who've been suicidal by division member Ursula Whiteside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV81fmuvqoI&list=UU_NQ14VoXhmabaSZ4RWgKWw

"A Voice at the Table:" A 30-minute video on attempt survivors featuring division members Craig Miller, Dese'Rae Stage and Cara Anna: http://attemptsurvivors.com/2014/05/19/watch-this-video-people/

"The S Word:" A documentary trailer on division members and attempt survivors, by an Academy Award Winning Team: http://attemptsurvivors.com/2014/06/16/to-boldly-talk-about-suicide/

TED Talks by attempt survivors:
http://www.ted.com/talks/jd_schramm.html
http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_breel_confessions_of_a_depressed_comic.html
   
 
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