Help for Attempt-Survivors

Please know that anytime there is a suicide attempt, it is understood that the pain felt is deep, the emotions are intense, and the feelings and thoughts about ending your life are complex and complicated. Know that your attempt does not define you as an individual, it only speaks to the unbearable pain that you were in during that moment in your life. Often times, people who have attempted suicide may have not wanted to die, they just didn’t know what else to do. Often times there is the occurrence of mental health and substance abuse issues coinciding with life circumstances that result in a suicide attempt. It is fortunate that there are attempt-survivors in that there is an opportunity to provide some materials that can help you remain safe, and find any additional services or supports you may need, if you should happen to need them now, or even in the future. Most importantly, to have the opportunity to realize you are not alone. You are worthy of being here. No matter what choices you make from here on out, know that you deserve to be here. Suicide is complex and each experience is individual. Ultimately, find HOPE and HELP to ensure your continued LIFE.

What you can do for yourself?

  • Self-Care Activities- Taking care of yourself right now is vital. This includes doing anything that makes you feel good about yourself that protects you from being at-risk.
  • Connect yourself with supportive environments and individuals

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Attempt-Survivor Facts

  • In 2012 approximately 11.5 million people in the US seriously considered suicide
  • 4.8 million people made a plan for suicide, and 2.5 million made a suicide attempt
  • The vast majority of those who made a suicide attempt survive and recover
  • For every suicide death there is an estimated 100-200 attempts for adolescents, 25 attempts for adults, and 4 attempts for older Americans
  • Although a suicide attempt is the strongest predictor of future death by suicide, 90% of attempt survivors avoid death by suicide

Core Values of Supporting Attempt-Survivors

  • Foster hope and help people find meaning and purpose in life
  • Preserve dignity and counter stigma, shame, and discrimination
  • Connect people to peer supports
  • Promote community connectedness
  • Engage and support family and friends
  • Respect and support cultural, ethnic, and/or spiritual beliefs and traditions
  • Promote choice and collaboration in care
  • Provide timely access to care and support

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Resources for Attempt-Survivors

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.

Live Through This

Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. The intention of Live Through This is to show that everyone is susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts by sharing portraits and stories of real attempt survivors—people who look just like you. These feelings could affect your mom, your partner, or your brother, and the fear of talking about it can be a killer.

Suicide Attempt-Survivors Task Force

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, convened, for the first time, a national task force, of community leaders who have been suicidal to develop and issue a report with sweeping recommendations for how suicide attempt survivors ought to be treated. This group of individuals from around the country, diverse in age, ethnicity, employment and region met for nearly two years to look at suicide prevention in a whole new way.

With Help Comes Hope

Whether you are thinking about suicide now or in the recent past, or you made a suicide attempt last night or several years ago, we understand that the pain you have felt is deep, your emotions may still feel raw, and that your feelings about wanting to end your life are (or were) complicated. We’re glad that you found the Lifeline and we want to help you remain safe and find hope, whether your difficult period is now or in the future. Throughout this website, you’ll find stories from attempt survivors who have made it through their darkest hour. Some of these stories and resources are for families, friends, and clinicians who want to support people who are feeling suicidal and/or suicide attempt survivors.

International Association For Suicide Prevention

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) provides resources for suicide attempt survivors and their love ones. Browse to find guides and support groups.

Break the Silence for Attempt-Survivors

This TED Talk features J.D. Schramm relating the story of his suicide attempt as a way to encourage discussion about suicide attempts/attempt suvivors and to encourage the development of resources geared toward assisting attempt survivors.