A lot just happened. In the last five days, the American Association of Suicidology created a division for attempt survivors and anyone who’s been suicidal; The New York Times published a story on that and the public emergence of attempt survivors; at least four “out” attempt survivors spoke at full-conference sessions; three attempt survivors were named to the new AAS speakers’ bureau; the documentary team behind the well-regarded “Of Two Minds” took footage for a new film on attempt survivors and loss survivors; three “out” professionals spoke and got a dozen people in the audience to raise their hands about their own suicidal experience … and the amazing people in the photo above brought standing ovations and sniffles as they spoke on a “New Voices of Attempt Survivors” panel and basically blew the doors off stigma.
Listen to it here. You don’t want to miss it.
“I went to my share of Grateful Dead concerts over the years,” one audience member, Ken Norton, who “came out” last year, told the crowd afterward. “It was always sort of like you went, you kept going, hoping you would get to the gem, like that really memorable show? That’s what this presentation was.”
That’s enough for this week’s post! And here are just a few samples from the busy social media chatter tagged #AAS14:
— Samantha Nadler (@samnadz) April 12, 2014
— David Covington (@davidwcovington) April 12, 2014
— Keris Jän Myrick (@KerisWithaK) April 11, 2014
— (((Leah Ida Harris))) 🌹🌈 (@leahida) April 12, 2014
— 𝙳𝚎𝚜𝚎’𝚁𝚊𝚎 𝙻. 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚐𝚎 🏳️🌈 (@deseraestage) April 11, 2014
— April Foreman (@DocForeman) April 11, 2014