For Survivors of Suicide Attempts
Talking about Suicide
The creator and author of this blog, Cara Anna, is herself a suicide attempt survivor. The highlights of this site are its Resources page, with a list of resources and projects dedicated to suicide attempt survivors.
Suicide: Taking Care of Yourself After an Attempt: Moving Ahead After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department
Information about the recovery process, safety planning, and coping for those who have recently attempted suicide.
(The brochure is by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.)
What Happens Now?
Exploring Life After a Suicide Attempt or Suicidal Thinking
Personal accounts that reflect the hope, growth, and resilience that often accompany the healing process.
(This blog is sponsored by the American Association for Suicidology.)
Of all the online guides to surviving the suicide of a loved one, this may be the most comprehensive. Written by a man whose wife died by suicide, the guide includes information on the “emotional rollercoaster” that follows a suicide, myths and facts about suicide, suggestions for coping, narratives from other survivors, and inspirational words for surviving, coping, and healing after the loss of a loved one to suicide.
(Sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology.)
This booklet begins with information about the practical logistics immediately following a suicide, including details about a possible autopsy, cleaning of the home if the suicide occurred there, organ donation – and more. The second part of this booklet addresses the emotional aftermath of suicide bereavement, including common reactions to the suicide of a loved one, as well as the process of grieving.
This site contains abundant information about the experience of losing a loved one to suicide. It includes a blog, recommended books, memorials for people who died by suicide, and a community forum. The site states, “In our forum, survivors can contact others with similar losses, share their stories and discuss the many facets of healing from loss by suicide. It operates like a 24/7 support group, with a team of trained moderators and a mental health clinician who contributes regularly.”
This Facebook page is geared toward everyone affected in some form or other by suicide or mental illness. Yet the people who seem to follow it most passionately are people who have lost a loved one to suicide, hence its inclusion here as a resource for suicide loss survivors.
This blog for survivors of suicide loss is authored by Franklin Cook. His father died by suicide almost 30 years ago, and since then he has served as a voice for suicide loss survivors in numerous national roles. A highlight of his blog is the Survivor Outlook section, which features first-person accounts of other suicide loss survivors. The Grief After Suicide blog also contains numerous other resources, including lists of suicide loss survivor websites, support groups, online discussion forums and chat rooms.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention trains people who have survived a suicide loss to reach out to others newly bereaved by suicide. The volunteers will visit new survivors and offer peer support, at the survivor’s request.