Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force
New Report about the Voice of Suicide Attempt Survivors
For far too long, the suicide prevention field and behavioral healthcare system have not engaged the perspectives of those with lived experience of suicide and a culture of silence has prevailed due to fear, social stigma, and personal shame. There is a strong movement underway to change this, and suicide attempt survivors are emerging with a collective voice and cohesive framework for shaping the future of suicide prevention.
This is a pivotal time in the history of suicide prevention in this country. We are embracing those with lived experience to broaden and shape the future of suicide prevention. Produced by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force, The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience (The Way Forward) sets the stage for a constructive collaboration in developing new, more effective means for reducing suicide attempts and deaths. It does so by providing recommendations based on evidence-based practices which incorporate personal lived experience of recovery and resilience.
The Way Forward bridges gaps between suicide attempt survivors and mental health policy makers, suicide prevention leaders, and program implementers. These untold stories of survival, hope, and recovery are bridges to developing new ideas, new questions, and new insights into reducing future suicide attempts and deaths. The Way Forward is a path for change and a roadmap to save lives.
Read the press release about The Way Forward.
Do you have a question about The Way Forward? Read the Q & A about this report.
See what is being said about The Way Forward in the video compilation below from the suicide attempt survivor community!
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To support implementation of the newly revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention by developing a consumer-driven (i.e. attempt survivor perspective) technical guidance document which will provide a framework of action steps for national, state, and local stakeholders to use when developing resources and initiatives that engage and empower suicide attempt survivors.
- Conduct a state-of-science literature review and other background research.
- Identify, target, and engage key audiences as participants in the development and dissemination of the technical guidance document.
- Create final technical guidance document. During the development process, work with co-leads of other Action Alliance task forces to identify recommendations and objectives that are consistent with suicide attempt survivor focused central tenets and that may be incorporated into the document.
- Engage Action Alliance Executive Committee, Action Alliance task forces, national peer/consumer organizations, and other national partners to assist with the outreach and dissemination of the document and its recommendations.
- John Draper, PhD – Co-Lead, Private Sector; Project Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Eduardo Vega, MA –Co-Lead, Private Sector; Executive Director, Mental Health Association of San Francisco
- Lilly Glass Akoto, LCSW, Looking In ~ Looking Out, LLC
- Cara Anna, Founder, Talking about Suicide Blog
- Heidi Bryan, Founder, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and Heidi Bryan Consulting, LLC
- Julie Cerel, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Kentucky
- Mark Davis, MA, Consumer Advocate
- Linda Eakes, CMPS, New Frontiers, Truman Behavioral Health
- Barb Gay, MA, Executive Director, Foundation 2, Inc.
- Leah Harris, MA, Communications and Development Coordinator, National Empowerment Center
- Tom Kelly, CRSS, CPS, Manager, Recovery and Resiliency, Magellan Health Services of Arizona
- Carmen Lee, Program Director, Stamp Out Stigma
- Stanley Lewy, MBA, MPH, President, Suicide Prevention Association
- DeQuincy Lezine, PhD, Prevention Communities
- Jennifer Randal-Thorpe, CEO, MR Behavior Intervention Center
- Shari Sinwelski, MS, EdS, Director of Network Development, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Sabrina Strong, MPH, Executive Director, Waking Up Alive, Inc.
- CW Tillman, Consumer Advocate
- Stephanie Weber, MS, Executive Director, Suicide Prevention Services of America
- * Staff Support: Angela Mark, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)