Resources for us are growing. Here’s the kind of list, including videos, that every mental health organization’s website should feature:
National initiatives, here and abroad
The Way Forward: This 2014 report, with the video above, by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention attempt survivor task force has groundbreaking recommendations for supporting anyone who’s been suicidal.
Suicide Prevention Australia position statement: This helped direct Australia’s focus to the issue.
Attempt survivors in the media
Our emergence has received some high-profile coverage. A few examples:
The New York Times: Suicide Prevention Sheds a Taboo: Talking About Attempts
National Public Radio: Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek a Voice in Helping Others at Risk
The Boston Globe: Suicide Attempt Survivors go Public in Hope of Aiding Many at Risk
Live Through This: A national series of portraits of attempt survivors
Talking About Suicide: Dozens of interviews with attempt survivors
The federal government (SAMHSA) is soon to publish a booklet for attempt survivors, drawing on personal interviews.
Mantherapy.org: Men speaking openly. Plus humor.
“The Power of Rescuing Others:” Part of a New York Times story where a top researcher “came out” about her own suicidal experience
TED Talks by attempt survivors
JD Schramm: A very popular TED video on this subject, with resources
Kevin Breel: Also very popular
List of all known attempt survivor support groups
The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment: This San Francisco organization is pioneering a number of projects for attempt survivors, including a support group and a speakers’ bureau
Manual for Support Groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors: This detailed guide by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles has been listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center‘s best practices registry
Online Suicide Help: Well-maintained list of global crisis resources by a Canadian activist and attempt survivor
Supports for families and friends
Beyond Blue: Australian organization’s guide for loved ones
After an Attempt: The emotional impact of suicide attempts on families
Please explore the resources at the end of “The Way Forward”