The Way Forward – Community Outreach and Education

The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience is a resource developed by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention that provides recommendations for suicide prevention activities that blend evidence-based practices and perspectives informed by lived experience. Here are the recommendations related to community outreach, education, and research:

Part 6: Community Outreach and Education

Recommendation 6.1 – Policy: In accord with the Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging, communications campaigns should focus on successful recovery and hope.

Recommendation 6.2 – Policy: Engage attempt survivors throughout the process of developing, implementing, and evaluating suicide prevention communications strategies.

Recommendation 6.3 – Practice: Encourage individuals with personal experience from a suicidal crisis to share their stories of recovery, offering appropriate support and recognition for those who do.

Recommendation 6.4 – Program: Develop a network of professionals with lived experience to conduct research and evaluation studies on supports for individuals who have survived a suicidal crisis.