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The Way Forward – Family, Friends, Support Network

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 family, friends, and support network:

Part 2: Family, Friends, and Support Network

Recommendation 2.1 – Practice: Every attempt survivor should define a support network for himself or herself; people can assist in the process but not insist on persons to include or exclude.

Recommendation 2.2 – Practice: Offer training and/or educational materials to people identified by the attempt survivor as supports.

Recommendation 2.3 – Program: Develop, evaluate, and promote programs specifically intended to help the family and friends of attempt survivors.

Recommendation 2.4 – Practice: Expand programs and projects that provide support for families coping with mental health concerns to explicitly address issues related to suicidal crises.