United Suicide Survivors International 

We put the lived expertise of suicide attempt and loss survivors into action through leadership, collaboration and advocacy.

Upcoming Webinar – Febuary 20th, 2018 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT

“Promoting Resiliency in LGBTQ Youth with The Trevor Project” will be presented by Chris Bright. Register Online today

Research Opportunity

Share your experience about your most recent suicide attempt to assist researchers in examining the interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences of suicide attempt survivors. If you are 18 years or older and identify as a suicide attempt survivor you can participate in this research study. For more information and to participate visit the survey site.

Join US

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Become an advocate.
Create change.

Your voice matters!

Join US to advance the leadership, collaboration and support of people personally impacted by suicide.  Where are you in the process?


Learn from US

United Survivors has been hosting free monthly webinars. We invite you to join US for upcoming webinars or to watch ones that we’ve already offered.

Upcoming Webinar

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 PM EDT. “Promoting Resiliency in LGBTQ Youth with The Trevor Project” will be presented by Chris Bright.

Register Today!

Past Webinars

“Cultivating your Unconquerable Spirit: Nurturing Personal Growth and Strength after a Suicide Attempt” presented by Shelby Rowe.

Shelby Rowe intertwines evidence-based suicide prevention best practices with her own experience. She walks us through her journey to recovery, shares the post traumatic growth that’s taken place, and shares her 6 steps to cultivating resiliency.

“Let Their Voices Be Heard: How Family and Friends of People Living Through Suicide Crises are Allies” presented by Annemarie Matulis and Marcia Epstein.

With over 11 million individuals having experienced suicidal thoughts, feelings, or attempts you can only imagine the number of caring family-friends who are also impacted. Learn more about available and needed self-care and educational resources for family-friends, in ongoing relationship, of people living with suicide thoughts and attempts; the benefits of including these family-friends in all aspects of suicide prevention; and ways to increase the involvement in the national suicide prevention community of these family-friends.


“Everyone Needs a Crisis Plan: Planning for the Worst while Thriving Forward” presented by Dr. Ursula Whiteside.

As suicide survivors become suicide prevention change agents and suicide grief support advocates, self-care is paramount. Preparing for the hard work of disclosing our stories, facing discrimination and prejudice and doing the on-going work of maintaining our wellness all requires a strong skill set. Sometimes, despite our best efforts in resilience, a mental health crisis can re-emerge. Thus, we need a crisis plan in place BEFORE the crisis strikes.

“Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide: A Look at the National Guidelines” presented by Franklin Cook and Joanne Harpel.

“The Art and Science of Storytelling” presented by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas.

Learn why storytelling is important to the storyteller as well as the audience, safe and effective messaging, and the craft of creating a compelling and inspiring narrative. The webinar will be facilitated Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas – speaker, trainer, change agent, and the Board President of United Suicide Survivors International.

Coming Soon!

“Change for Change Agents” presented by Eduardo Vega.

United Suicide Survivors International welcomes Eduardo Vega to talk about “Change for Change Agents” and how to bring the voice of lived experience into their organizations and understand the mechanics of transformational change.

“Appreciative Inquiry of People with Lived Experience with Suicide (Loss, Attempts, Thoughts/Feelings, Allies)” by Sally Spencer-Thomas, Eduardo Vega, and Ursula Whiteside.

Learn more about United Suicide Survivors International and hear others input into our movement.


Where are you in the Lifecycle?

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I’m New

What do I need to know?

Many people who are recently bereaved by suicide or recently recovering from another suicidal experience in their lives, often find themselves in a place where they feel compelled to help others in some way, to make meaning out of their despair. If you are new to this area of suicide prevention and are someone who has recently lost a loved one or who has lived through your own suicide crisis, we are so glad you are here. When we find ourselves in these major transitions, it’s a good practice to slow things down a bit, and discern: am I ready for this?

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I’m Ready

Help Get Me Started

Great! Roll up your sleeves. There is a lot of work to be done. Everyone can play a role. First, let’s do a little self-assessment on your talents, passions, and circle of influence. Where does your gladness meet the world’s sadness? Take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side list “What are my talents, skills, assets, and passions?” and on the other side list “What is most upsetting to me about suicide?” By linking up the two lists, you may have a better idea on how you are best suited to serve.

I’m frustrated

But not ready to give up

Burnout in the work of suicide prevention happens to the best of us. Many of us who stay involved over the long haul do what we do because we are compassionate, giving people. Sometimes, we are not always as good at self-care as we are at taking care of others. Others of us stay involved because we see the fruits of our persistence, and then the winds of change blow in the other direction, and the setbacks are crushing. We need you, so if you are up to it, here are some steps to take to renew the warrior. (If you are not up to it, that’s okay too. See next step in the Life Cycle: Retiring)


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I’m Retiring

How Do I Leave a Legacy?

You have completed what you came to do. Maybe it was a short-term goal that gives you great satisfaction. Maybe it was your life’s work. Now it’s time to celebrate and pass the baton. Learn some ways to transition out of the movement.

Get Help NOW

If you are hurting, afraid, or need someone to talk to we encourage you to reach out to one of the resources below. United Survivors values you and has lived through their own experiences with suicidal thoughts, attempts, and loss.

If you need immediate, emergency assistance in the United States call 9-1-1 to be connected with your local emergency response services.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with thoughts of suicide you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This service is available 24/7.

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio en Español: 1-866-628-9454.

If you are more comfortable using text you can text  “United” to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor for free 24/7.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline operates a Crisis Chat in the United States.

LGBTQ Youth can call 1-866-488-7386 or visit The Trevor Project for alternative crisis services including chat and text or to explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

Outside United States

List of Help Sources from the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Global digital health services including live crisis chat, SMS texting, email, peer support forums, social media, apps, videos, and more, in this global directory.