Resources

Lived Experience policies, programs and practices that #ActivateHope

Activating Hope begins. . .

when organizations and people with lived experience join together to meaningfully dialogue and evaluate, to re-think and rebuild, and to create new resources that can save lives.

RESOURCES FOR ACTION, ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY

The American Association of Suicidology Suicide Attempt Survivor Lived Experience Division provides leadership opportunities and expert guidance to suicide prevention policy, program and research issues driven by the insights of lived experience.

Personal Experience Champions:

How can my experience make a difference?

A  Journey Towards Health and Hope: A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt

This handbook guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt. Includes personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with.

The Way Forward—Values and Concrete actions on Policies, Programs, and Practices that prevent suicide as informed by those who have been there.

Experience counts. The things you learn from living with a challenge or issue (like depression or schizophrenia) or living through an experience (like a suicide attempt) are valuable and can help others. The Vision of Prevention Communities is that every college and university student living with a mental health challenge finds the hope and skills to succeed.

United Suicide Survivors International is an independent international organization that serves as a home for people who have experienced suicide loss, suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts and feelings, and their friends and families — collectively known as people w/ lived experience with suicide – to leverage their expertise for large-scale change.

Organizational Champions:

How can our organization take lived experience to the next level?

READINGS, NEWS AND INSPIRATION

Stories of survival save lives

The shocking news of Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s deaths may have felt personal to many of us, even though we had no direct relationship with them. Aside from our attachment to their shows and products, their deaths may have also reminded many of us about friends and loved ones whom we have lost to suicide. Surveys indicate that half of us know someone who died in this manner.

The Most Important Truth About Suicide Is The One You’ve Never Heard

We are living among people who have faced the worst of personal pain and doubt and have come through them to better lives. “It is difficult to get the news from poems, but men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”— William Carlos Williams

Lived Experience and Zero Suicide:

A short video featuring researcher and change agent Ursula Whiteside, PhD

Watch the Stories of HOPE

Share HOPE with Others

Stream HOPE and Strength

Activating Hope begins . . . when organizations and people with lived experience join together to meaningfully dialogue and evaluate, to re-think and rebuild, and to create new resources that can save lives.