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Prevention Communities https://preventioncommunities.com Finding hope after giving up. You aren't alone. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:02:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Still in the arena https://preventioncommunities.com/still-in-the-arena/ https://preventioncommunities.com/still-in-the-arena/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:57:44 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=680 I was recently re-elected to be Chair of the Attempt Survivor and Lived Experience Division for AAS. It was a challenging election cycle that required a second, run-off vote. In the candidate statements, my challenger included pointed critiques of my performance as Chair. This brought to mind the quote from President Roosevelt: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of…

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Secret of Suicidal Stars https://preventioncommunities.com/secret-suicidal-stars/ https://preventioncommunities.com/secret-suicidal-stars/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:27:47 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=676 This video, originally shared at the Lived Experience Academy, conveys why I’ve adopted a star theme for that site, and why I use the metaphor of stars in many of my talks. This video, originally shared at the Lived Experience Academy, conveys why I’ve adopted a star theme for that site, and why I use the metaphor of stars in many of my talks.

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The persistent life – next stage https://preventioncommunities.com/persistent-life-next-stage/ https://preventioncommunities.com/persistent-life-next-stage/#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:46:37 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=668 As I wrote a year ago, Life sometimes gets in the way of projects and ideas and we need to have the persistence to keep going in spite of setbacks. I tried my best with the four student co-authors that I had last year but the project didn’t work out. I received one completed book module (on Eating Disorders), which was very well written and showed the potential for the project. I went back to…

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13 Reasons Why – Follow-up thoughts https://preventioncommunities.com/13-reasons-why-follow-up/ https://preventioncommunities.com/13-reasons-why-follow-up/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:17:45 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=608 13 Reasons Why – Resources In a prior post I provided a link to resources related to the hit Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” (13RW) – and a little while after that, SPRC compiled resources and put together a page of their own. Their list is well organized, and will likely be the “go to” spot for the suicide prevention community. 13 Reasons Why – My experience I promised to provide my honest thoughts about…

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13 Reasons Why – Resources https://preventioncommunities.com/13rw-resources/ https://preventioncommunities.com/13rw-resources/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 21:13:36 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=562 To be well-informed I’m currently in the process of watching the 13 Reasons Why series on Netflix. I’m about halfway through my viewing marathon. I’ll post my honest thoughts about the series, and the debate that has followed, it in a separate post. However, in the meantime, I’ve pulled together all of talking points and references that I found while combing through one of the main discussion boards of the suicide prevention community (via American…

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International perspectives on lived expertise creating systems and culture change https://preventioncommunities.com/international-lived-experience/ https://preventioncommunities.com/international-lived-experience/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 04:44:30 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=547 AAS Conference, April 27th 2017, 4:00 PM Authors: Spencer-Thomas, Nash, Higgins, Breen, Cumiskey, Sanford  Summary Authors (Twitter) People with lived experience in the US are being sought out to help with: program development inspiring hope and recovery leveraing systems and culture change Panel shares power of “lived expertise” from Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada, and US Integrating lived expertise in Canada through education, awareness, and engaging stakeholders National program in Ireland providing specialized treatment for suicidal individuals and…

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Lived experience informing grassroots suicide prevention https://preventioncommunities.com/lived-experience-informs-grassroots/ https://preventioncommunities.com/lived-experience-informs-grassroots/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 01:08:00 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=543 AAS Conference, April 27th 2017, 4:00 PM Authors: Lehto, Stage, Hardy  Summary Authors (Twitter) Stigma can be addressed through personal contact with individuals who have lived experience Suicide prevention campaigns have traditionally been aimed toward mainstream culture Alternative branding and/or messaging has the potential to reach audiences that haven’t received prior interventions Grassroots initiatives have the potential to build new outreach campaigns that are inclusive, novel, and easier for some groups to relate to Individuals with…

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Suicide in the year after a suicide attempt https://preventioncommunities.com/suicide-after-attempt/ https://preventioncommunities.com/suicide-after-attempt/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 23:56:03 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=537 AAS Conference, April 28th 2017, 2:45 PM Authors: McKeon, Silverman, Pearson  Summary Authors (Twitter) 2012, over 1.3 million U.S. adults reported that they attempted suicide in the past year, and 39,426 adults died by suicide Used data on suicide deaths from US mortality records and data on suicide attempts from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health In the year following a suicide attempt approximately 3% die by suicide For persons older than 45, rates were: higher…

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Enhancing treatment for suicide by creating a life of meaning https://preventioncommunities.com/suicide-treatment-creating-life-meaning/ https://preventioncommunities.com/suicide-treatment-creating-life-meaning/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 06:30:33 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=530 AAS Conference, April 28th 2017, 2:45 PM Author: Firestone  Summary Authors (Twitter) Help your client find a life worth living People need meaning to thrive Struggle that all people face in striving to develop a sense of self as an autonomous individual destructive forces operate within the self, the family, and society that limit or seriously damage The process of developing a strong sense of self: break from the critical, hostile attitudes toward self alter the negative…

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Lived experience narratives as social justice https://preventioncommunities.com/lived-experience-social-justice/ https://preventioncommunities.com/lived-experience-social-justice/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 05:24:15 +0000 https://preventioncommunities.com/?p=521 AAS Conference, April 28th 2017, 2:45 PM Authors: Vega, Bryan, Collins, Spencer-Thomas  Summary Authors (Twitter) Contact with someone with lived experience has best chance of addressing stigma Skilled speakers with lived experience of suicide attempts and loss, we can challenge stigma and silence Becoming a change agent from a purely private life of safety and low responsibility for others into blended life mixing personal passion and the public domain start with a period of reflection on the opportunities…

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