Still in the arena

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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Peer Support – part 2 – History

The intent of this second post is to illustrate that the concept of peer support is not new, and has a long and impressive history, which has included support from sources including SAMHSA and the U.S. Surgeon General, among others. This is not meant to be an exhaustive review of the history, but to provide a solid reference point. Highlights from the History of Peer Support   Suicide Attempt Survivors in Suicide Prevention As noted…

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Peer Support – Part 1 – Basics

There have been questions from multiple sources about recommendations about use of peers in suicide prevention that are included in The Way Forward, released by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This sparked the series of posts that will present my perspective on the topic. To begin, it seemed right to begin with some basics about what I’m referring to by “peer supports.” What is a peer? A…

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