Few voices of suicide attempt survivors have emerged in the public conversation about suicide, and few resources exist for us and for those who’ve wrestled with suicidal thoughts. We wanted to create a space that people and those who love them can stumble across while ‘Googling’ answers to those lonely questions, “Has this ever happened to anyone else?” and “What do we do now?”
This blog was launched by the American Association of Suicidology, in the first such effort by a national organization. The group’s members include researchers, clinicians, crisis responders, social workers, attempt survivors and people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
The blog is updated every Monday with both regular and guest contributors, and most are attempt survivors themselves. Our goal is to share real people and their experiences, including their real names as much as possible. We want to show that this can happen to anyone and that it’s possible to recover, or learn to manage, and move on. We want to show that people don’t have to be scared to talk about this. And we want to share interesting efforts out there, such as support groups or documentary projects, that work with attempt survivors or seek to break down any stigma around us.
New contributors are welcome, and so are your comments: