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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.
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?