Resources for and about Survivors of Suicide Attempts

Words Save Lives: Poetry and Lived Experience At The Mic
Marcia Epstein, LMSW
with poets: Staci Harper Bennett, Cei Loofe, and Traci Schacht
Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference
July 21-23, 2015 in Kansas City
#MWSP2015 Poetry & Lived Experience Presentation PowerPoint

Resources for Survivors of Suicide Attempts
and Those Who Care About Them

Poetry/ Music
Friends of Emmett: Coming Apart,
featuring attempt survivor Kevin Hines
Shane Koyczan: Instructions for A Bad Day

attempt survivor Craig Miller: What If

Links for and about Survivors of Suicide Attempts

Action Alliance For Suicide Prevention, Attempt Survivors Task Force

After An Attempt guides
A Guide For Medical Providers
A Guide For Taking Care Of Your Family Member

A Guide For Taking Care of Yourself

American Association of Suicidology, Suicide Attempt Survivors

American Association of Suicidology 2014 Conference: Suicide Attempt Survivor Panel
32 min video at

A Voice At The Table, documentary by Annemarie Matulis

Black Dog Institute, Australia: Care After A Suicide Attempt

Click to access CareAfteraSuicideAttempt02-09-15.pdf

How To Talk To A Child About A Suicide Attempt In Your Family
from Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I Hurt Myself Today: A Self-Injury Resource
from mental health advocate Leah Harris & creator of Dese’Rae L. Stage

Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook For Recovery After A Suicide Attempt
from SAMHSA, September 2015

Listening Saves Lives blog by Rick Strait & Heather Williams
by Dese’Rae L. Stage

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for Suicide Attempt Survivors

Paul G Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest, prize-winning writing

Rudy Caseres, Mental Health advocacy blogs and vlogs
Blogs on The Mighty
Blog on The S Word
Vlogs on Healthy Place

Safety Plan by Barbara Stanley, Ph.D. and Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D.

Self-Injury Outreach & Support (Canada)

Stayin’ Alive, Lawrence, KS support group

Strategies For The Supporter (Australia)

Suicide Project (online support)

Support After A Suicide Attempt (Australia)

The Mighty, blogs in their Mental Illness area

The S Word, documentary by Lisa Klein, release during 2017

The Way Forward report
by Craig Miller

To Write Love On Her Arm

Tracey Pacheco Medeiros memoir, Embracing Imperfection: The Healing Journey of a Suicide Attempt Survivor

Apps for Safety Plans


My Coping Plan, article with links to Apple Store & GooglePlay versions

Operation Reach Out  App aimed at preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans

Safety Plan by Two Penguins, LLC

Stay Alive

Virtual Hope Box app

Survivors of Suicide Attempt Support Group Curriculum 

Manual for Support Groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors

About Telling Your Own Story of Lived Experience of Suicide Thoughts and/or Attempts

Telling Your Own Story: Special Considerations for Telling Your Own Story: Best Practices for Presentations by Suicide Loss and Suicide Attempt Survivors

Telling Your Own Story

Lived Experience Network: Thinking About Your Personal Readiness To Be Involved (Australia)

Media recommendations for Reporting On Suicide

Entertainment Industries Council Recommendations About Suicide Safety

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

National 24/7 Crisis Support Resources

Crisis Text Line, text “Start” to 741-741

NSPL 800-273-8255 (TALK)

Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860

The Trevor Project 866-488-7386

Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 Option 1