Attempt Survivors and Other People with Lived Experience

A history of suicide attempts is a major risk factor for suicide (see Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide page). Care coordination and continuity of care are important ways to reduce suicide risk among persons who have attempted suicide.

People with lived experience are individuals who have first-hand knowledge of suicidal thoughts and behaviors because they have lived through one or more suicidal experiences. When planning your suicide prevention efforts, be sure to solicit the unique perspectives of people with lived experience and engage them in prevention planning, treatment, and community education.

Learn More

  • See the Recommended Resources below selected by SPRC personnel.
  • See our page on Engaging People with Lived Experience.
  • See All Resources Related to Attempt Survivors and People with Lived Experience (below) for a full list of materials, programs, trainings, and other information available from SPRC. Use the filters on the left to narrow your results.
  • For more on other groups and settings, see our Populations and Settings pages.
Recommended Resources
Guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt. Includes personal stories from survivors who...
AAS collected the resources listed on this webpage for those who have survived a suicide attempt as well as their families and friends. It includes...
In this four-minute video, attempt survivor and community mental health provider Barb Gay shares how survivors of suicide attempts can help us improve prevention, transform care, and save lives.
Barb Gay writes about the contribution that persons with lived experience can make to the field of suicide prevention.
This guide offers information on how to create a sustainable program for survivors of suicide attempt.
This documentary highlights the need for the voices of individuals with lived experience to inform suicide prevention planning, policy, and training.