If you’ve survived a suicide attempt and can talk about it openly, I’d like to hear from you. The contact form is below.
If you’re a member of the media, welcome. This blog has been mentioned so far by the BBC, Salon, The Associated Press and others. I’ve also guest blogged on sites including that of UK political strategist and well-known mental health advocate Alastair Campbell.
“I felt invisible again when I entered ‘suicide survivor’ into my Internet search engine and found many websites for those bereaved by suicide _ wonderful for those facing this acute form of grief. But almost nothing for those of us who have survived a suicide attempt. What do I call myself? How can I reach out to my fellow survivors without a name for us? I still don’t know. And I still can’t find many of my soul mates despite the many thousands of us that we know are out there. We are hidden behind labels of depression and other ‘mental illnesses,’ where discussion of suicide is generally avoided. Language is important, and I need a word of phrase to identify this role in my life.”
_ David Webb, “The Many Languages of Suicide”