What is United Survivors?
United Suicide Survivors International is an independent international organization that serves as a home for people who have experienced suicide loss, suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts and feelings, and their friends and families — collectively known as people w/ lived experience with suicide – to leverage their expertise for large scale change.
Incorporated in California, 2016
We envision a world where lived expertise becomes the fulcrum that leverages all suicide prevention efforts. Our complete vision is to see a day when we are no longer needed.
We put the lived expertise of suicide attempt and loss survivors into action through leadership, collaboration and advocacy.
Inclusion- our work is about shared goals, not status or affiliation
Openness – True change requires diversity of thought and action
Courage – The willingness to proceed in spite of the fear and rejection by others
Action- Recognition that communication and awareness are meaningless without direct action
To assist those with lived experience in the transition of discovering their role as change champions and advocates.
To support the implementation lived experience international guidelines and best practice programs such the “Way Forward” and “Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress after a Suicide: US National Guidelines.”
To leverage the voices of lived experience to advocate for policy, system and cultural change
Heidi Bryan, Secretary
Margaret & Kevin Hines
Sally Spencer-Thomas, Chair
Eduardo Vega, Treasurer
Ursula Whiteside, Vice Chair
Founding Board Members