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For readers: Your stories and videos are welcome.

For the media: We can connect you with people. Media we’ve worked with include The New York Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, Marie Claire Australia, the BBC, The Huffington Post, The Associated Press, Salon and TED.

A related site is Talking About Suicide. You can follow both at @AboutSuicide. The American Association of Suicidology is @AASuicidology. A Twitter list for suicide awareness is here.

 

You also can help us by sharing information. Here are some areas we’d like to explore:

Guidance for families, friends and others after a suicide attempt. What did the people around you do that was the most helpful? What wasn’t helpful? What advice would you give people who are facing a loved one’s attempt or suicidal thinking for the first time? What advice would you give people whose loved one has more long-term struggles?

Coming out. If you’ve been able to talk to family, friends, colleagues or others about your experience, what approaches worked and what didn’t? How were you able to tell who might be sympathetic and supportive? And what do you do if someone turns away instead?

Support groups. We’re compiling a list of the support groups out there for attempt survivors. Do you know of any?

Peer support. We’d also like to compile a list of programs where attempt survivors can be trained as, or work as, peer counselors. What can we do to help others like ourselves?

Getting better. What has worked for you? We’re interested in the various approaches, whether they’re formal programs or self-styled coping skills.

Rights protection. Sometimes it helps to have someone stand up for you. Where have you found advocates, in the legal profession or otherwise, and in what situations would it be helpful to have an advocate? Have you been discriminated or retaliated against, and how?

Health coverage. Health care costs are rising, and it’s one thing to get help and another to afford it. What programs or other sources of assistance have you come across? Where is more help needed?

Physical effects. There are no good statistics on the number of people who are physically affected, permanently or otherwise, by suicide attempts. What has been your experience?

Crisis outreach. What have you learned from your experiences with crisis lines and social media crisis outreach? What works, what doesn’t and what needs to be improved?

Emergency and other care. From emergency rooms to long-term counseling, we come in contact with all kinds of caregivers. What responses and approaches have worked, and why? What has gone wrong, and how can it be addressed?

5 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. I believe I have no one to talk to who has had the experience of attempting suicide. Regardless of the books read (“Stay” is the most recent) or therapists I have been with, none have the personal experience to be able to speak with me on a peer level.

    I am diagnosed as Bi-polar, NOC with anxiety and OCD. My depression in undercontrol using my medications, but I fear falling into the abyss of the depression without warning. I know I am not the only person who want to speak with other survivors as a peer support system.

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  2. Boy, David, can I relate!! Not that your experience is not your own, it most certainly is. However, I felt like I was reading a chapter out of my own book!!
    My very best advice, or caution, to you and myself is to NEVER just stop taking your meds. Every time has resulted in a far worse suicide attempt for me.
    And as for the rest of the world, including the so called professional s, they generally just don’t get it. Hang tight, and keep asking til you get what you need :-) :-)

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  3. Hi David.Well,you can talk to me,at the moment via here,as I am in Australia.I used to be a mental health professional,but it was no inoculation against my desire to die.I have now found some professionals who I can talk to openly about what I am feeling without being “carted off”-one of my greatest fears.And as I have few friends & no family that I can discuss this with,I do need to talk to professionals sometimes.There are a couple of ways that I have found to use to determine whether I can risk talking to them,or putting myself in their care,or not.
    One is,to have a small list of questions to ask them about their approach,& one would be “What is your attitude to people who are suicidal?”Actually,I have never actually done this as my previous questions have given me the answer already.
    The other is to tell my story re when I have been mistreated by other mental health services & watch carefully for their reaction-do they defend the professionals or empathise with me?As I have to see professionals given I need prescriptions it is essential that I find the BEST people.Having a diploma or qualification will not guarantee you good treatment.It is ALWAYS the person’s attitudes that count the most.
    My last suicide attempt was as a direct result of contact I had with a very dismissive,patronising & arrogant mental health worker.
    I don’t know,of course,if this is in any way useful to you,but in my life,having decent,mature professionals that you can call on the MINUTE you start to fall is essential.Meantime,I too am seeking others who have been there to connect with,Good luck!

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