Policy Makers

Suicide attempt survivors need policy makers to recognize that suicidal thinking can happen to anyone and is not always linked to mental illness.

Suicide attempt survivors need policy makers to address a crucial factor in the widespread silence around the topic of suicidal thinking: the fear of repercussions on campus, in the workplace, and in insurance coverage.

Suicide attempt survivors need policy makers to prioritize, both in funding and focus, the treatment of suicidal thinking on par with any of the other top 10 causes of death in the U.S.

Suicide attempt survivors need policy makers to recognize people who have been suicidal, not only as key partners in every suicide prevention project, but as leaders.

Suicide attempt survivors need policy makers to speak out about their own experience with suicidal thinking and be leaders in truly opening up the conversation.

Suicide attempt survivors need mental health and suicide prevention groups to seek, engage and promote people who have been suicidal as employees, volunteers, leaders, board members, spokespeople, and otherwise full partners in their work.

Suicide attempt survivors need mental health and suicide prevention groups to be vocal advocates for the recommendations listed both in this guide and in the full The Way Forward report.

Suicide attempt survivors need mental health and suicide prevention groups to make formal written statements of support for people who have been suicidal, including their plans for turning that support into action.

Suicide attempt survivors need mental health and suicide prevention groups to have up-to-date, easy-to-find resources on their websites specifically for people who are or have been suicidal. That means far more than a logo for a crisis hotline.

Suicide attempt survivors need mental health and suicide prevention groups from the national level on down to educate their networks about The Way Forward and how its recommendations can be put into action.

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