Suicide Prevention & Postvention through Lived Experience

People who have direct experience with suicide have an important role to play in suicide prevention. These individuals—including suicide attempt survivors, others who have experienced a suicidal crisis, and those who have lost a loved one to suicide—can be powerful agents for challenging prejudice and generating hope for people at risk. Goal 10 of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (in particular, Objectives 10.1 and 10.3) emphasizes the need to involve individuals with lived experience in suicide prevention. As described below, two Action Alliance groups—focusing on suicide attempt survivors and survivors of suicide loss—have guided our work in this area.

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