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Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest

Sponsored by the QPR Institute for the American Association of Suicidology

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest:

First Place:
"To Feel Myself Beloved"
by Leah Harris


Second Place:
"A Picture Album"
by Meghan Caughey





Third Place: 

"Suicide Recovery: From the Floor Up
by Laura Mayer



The stories of those who have attempted suicide or experienced persistent suicidal ideation have, for too long, remained untold. Due to stigma and taboo, the world has been denied important educational narratives. The purpose of the Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest is to encourage the publication of these stories of survival, hope, recovery, and revival.

Contest sponsor Paul Quinnett describes the importance hearing all voices, and answers the main question "Why a Writing Contest?" Read his own words here

AAS is very proud to share the winning submissions with everyone to promote the message of hope, healing, and recovery for attempt survivors and those with lived experiences. Click here to view all past Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest Winners.

We would also like to thank the volunteer judges in this contest for spending much of their time, effort, and compassion into reading and discussing these amazing submissions:

Co-head judges: Sue Eastgard and Marny Lombard

Judges: Ralph Adamo, Sue Ade, Brigitte Anderson, Charlotte Anderson, Kathy Bashor, Troy Bush-DiDonato, Karen Butler Easter, Sarah Conover,  Marcia Epstein, Lloyd Hale, Cheryl King, Zack Kluckman, Sandri Kramer, Donn Marshall, Nancy McGlasson, Kristen Spexarth, Dese'Rae L. Stage, Warren Stewart, Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, Rick Strait

Please find the Self Care Guide for tips and information on strategies for mental well-being as some of the first-hand accounts of attempt survivors listed on this website may be triggering.

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide is also a helpful resource for the safe media coverage of suicide and suicide-related topics. 
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