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Welcome to the Lived Experience Academy.

In crisis now? Please call - 800-273-8255 - the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

How can you get from hurting to healing after a suicidal crisis?

Are you still hurting even though you've survived a suicidal crisis? There are pathways to healing and recovery. You can even go beyond recovery. You can learn from suicidal experiences, improving your life and helping others. 

You can do this.

This educational site is designed to help you recover after getting through a suicidal crisis, and then support your journey toward a new life. Decades of research, training, and personal experience have been applied to pave the way for your recovery and growth. However, the Academy does not provide treatment.

Your life is valuable. Recovery and growth start with your safety. 

If you're currently in crisis, then the information here isn't going to be as useful as it will be later. At the moment, you'll get more out of talking with a trained counselor who is available 24/7 to listen, provide support, and get you help. That's what a local crisis center can provide for you. Learn more at the Lifeline website.

Now then... What happens after crisis counseling? What do you do after leaving the hospital or emergency room? 

That's where this Lived Experience Academy can help. You don't have to figure it out alone.

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Ready to get your quality of life back?

It's great to see that you got through the crisis and are now on more stable ground. You might be ready to start putting your life back together. 

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Why the pinecones and trees? The giant sequoia tree represents the amazing growth that can happen after a crisis.

The pinecones for some of the largest trees on earth only open after a fire.

Most plants grow best without a fire, but there are some that only sprout after everything has burned away.

Where are you on your path to Recovery and Growth?

Let's talk about "Post-Suicidal Growth" - the type of personal growth that can happen following recovery from a suicidal crisis.

The pathway used at the Academy involves 5 stages. The first two are Stabilizing and Recovery:

  • Stage 1: Stabilize - During a crisis everything might seem out of control, so finding stable footing is the first step toward life after a suicidal crisis.
  • Stage 2: Recover - After finding stable ground you can start putting the pieces of your life back together, from day-to-day basics through support in the community. This is where healing takes place.

Post-Suicidal Growth involves going beyond that initial level of recovery, learning from suicidal experience, and changing your life with that knowledge (see the Stages below).

When you're ready for Post-Suicidal Growth: Advanced Stages

Lived Experience Academy members pursue post-suicidal growth by learning and applying information from the three stages that can follow after healing and recovery:

  • Stage 3: Reflect - you're increasing self-awareness by understanding your suicidal crisis and how it developed 
  • Stage 4: Learn - you're gaining new skills and improve your strategies for countering suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Stage 5: Grow - you're applying knowledge and insights from suicidal experience to improve your life and the lives of others

At the Lived Experience Academy you'll find information, resources, and guidance from the suicide attempt survivor who developed the path used here - Dr. DeQuincy Lezine. There's a strong commitment to helping everyone who joins this path toward Post-Suicidal Growth, so most of the year is focused on bringing valuable information to members. However, there are brief enrollment periods.

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