Suicide Prevention Efforts Recognizing Survivors

The New York Times (4/14, Carey, Subscription Publication) reports that last week, the American Association of Suicidology decided “to recognize a vast but historically invisible portion of its membership: people” who attempt suicide but survive. The piece notes that “plans for speakers bureaus of survivors willing to tell their stories are well underway, as is research to measure the effect of such testimony on audiences.” The Times explains that “for decades, mental health organizations have featured speakers with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression,” although “until now, suicide has been virtually taboo, because of not only shame and stigma, but also fears that talking about the act could give others ideas about how to do it.”

Related Links:

— “Suicide Prevention Sheds a Longstanding Taboo: Talking About Attempts,”Benedict Carey, The New York Times, April 13, 2014.

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