Praise

What’s being said about us so far:

Excellent blog.” _ Reddit’s SuicideWatch resources page.

We’re glad AAS is spotlighting this important conversation. The posts can be heavy, but for inspirational, even life-changing reading, this new blog is worth browsing.” _ To Write Love on Her Arms

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you’re doing here. I am a suicide attempt survivor. Just typing that fills me with the stigma that others so often cast upon us. … This blog is a breakthrough, and its existence fills me with hope and optimism. By sharing our stories, perhaps we can heal more effectively, communicate more passionately, and stop feeling so alone in the aftermath of our suicide attempts.” _ Justin Dunkle, in a comment

The collective nature of this coming-out – potentially large numbers of kindred spirits as well as potentially huge numbers of struggling individuals desperate for a ray of hope – adds up to a potential bonanza of therapeutic benefit that has heretofore not existed. Translated, this means many lives potentially saved.” _ Thomas Ellis, director of psychology, The Menninger Clinic

If you want to keep up with the cutting edge of suicide prevention, this is truly it.” _ Sandra Kiume, PsychCentral contributor and attempt survivor

After 10+ years working in this field, and in particular calling for greater recognition of the survivor voice, this blog from AAS represents for me the most significant development in suicidology that I’ve witnessed. The AAS is very influential globally, so if we can make a success of this blog, it is likely that other organisations around the world might follow.” _ David Webb, suicidologist and attempt survivor

I read this because I was worried about my own daughter. Your experience helped me see things differently. I would do anything for her but I just don’t always know how to create a positive shift. You helped me see another way. … Thank you!!!” _ Kate, in a comment

Fortunately, our understanding of suicidal behavior is slowly beginning to change.” _ Salon

“… several new initiatives transforming the nation’s suicide prevention community … In January, the American Association of Suicidology launched a website called ‘What Happens Now?’ — described as the first sustained effort by a national organization to engage survivors in a public forum. … In one of the latest posts, the founder of a respite home for suicidal people writes powerfully about her own suicide attempt …” _ The Associated Press

I am acutely aware that the voices of people who have thought about suicide and possibly attempted suicide have been largely absent from public conversations about suicide and what should be done about it. … The only people who can be saved are the ones that are still alive. The ones thinking about suicide right now. The ones who have made attempts and lived to tell about it. They know what hurts, and they know what helps. They need a voice. WE need a voice.” _ Karen Butler Easter, president, National Association of Crisis Center Directors

Many suicide attempt survivors have bravely shared their stories in support of suicide prevention and others who may be at risk. Yet the participation of suicide attempt survivors is not yet as overt or as organized as that of persons who have survived the loss of loved ones. However, this is starting to change. Two examples of efforts to provide forums for survivors of suicide attempts are Live Through This and What Happens Now? … We need to expand efforts to encourage and support attempt survivors in bringing their expertise to the struggle against suicide.” _ Jerry Reed, director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

I find that what you’re doing here is amazing. I think it’ll help so many people who are suffering in silence. I know that with my attempt, nobody expected it. … Seeing this blog, knowing that someone cared enough to talk about it, that’s a great thing to see. I hope people will keep coming forward. I hope things will keep getting better.” _ Laura, a reader, through our Contact Us page