Alternatives to Suicide

Alternatives to Suicide is a peer led support group that allows participants to talk about suicidal thoughts, feelings, or experiences without fear of being judged. Participants share their struggles and successes, provide support for one another, and strategize about alternatives to help each other best cope with difficult life circumstances. People are encouraged to come in both times of strength and challenge;  you need not be in crisis to attend this group. Click here to read more about the Alternatives to Suicide Approach.


Please check with the NAMI Fox Valley before attending to learn about meeting dates, times, location/platform. 


For information on how to bring a group to your area, visit Western Mass Recovery Learning Community's web page on Alternatives to Suicide.


Downloadable Resources

Manual for Support Groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors

The Manual for Support Groups for Attempt Survivorsdeveloped by the Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, serves to guide individuals and organizations in developing and implementing an attempt survivors’ support group in their communities.


Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, convened, for the first time, a national task force, of community leaders who have been suicidal to develop and issue a report with sweeping recommendations for how suicide attempt survivors ought to be treated. This group of individuals from around the country, diverse in age, ethnicity, employment and region met for nearly two years to look at suicide prevention in a whole new way.

The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience (The Way Forward), published in summer 2014, puts people who have been suicidal front and center in the national conversation about mental health and frames suicide attempt survivors as essential partners.


Suicide Attempt Survivors Resources

In 2014, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) took the historic step of approving a membership division for people who have been suicidal and their supporters. Their goal is to make sure people who’ve been suicidal are central to research, policy-making, public messaging, treatment and support. Check out the AAS Attempt Survivors Resources.

As we become more open and confident in discussing suicidal thinking, the resources for us grow. We are encouraging and supporting people who want to step forward to share their stories and their hope.

Additional Resources

If you are currently struggling but not imminently suicidal, check out Now Matters Now for ways to help you cope with thoughts of suicide.