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WHAT WE DO

A comprehensive program created by Twelve6 Strategies Inc. to help people as they work on rebuilding their lives after a suicide attempt. The program will be comprised of a curriculum and workbook, website, app, support group guidance, and culturally-specific coins to celebrate life lived after a suicide attempt.

This project is informed by lived experiences from the creator (Iden Campbell) and attempt survivors throughout the US, many of whom also work in suicide prevention.

THE CURRICULUM

The curriculum, presented as a workbook, is intended to assist someone who has made a suicide attempt in rebuilding their lives from the first day of survival onward. It helps someone answer the question “What am I going to do?” The curriculum centers around 7 life domains that someone may want to focus on in their healing and in living life:

  1. Work/Job/Finances – information on how to support yourself financially while recovering, including how to navigate taking time off work, returning to work, paying off credit card debt, filing taxes, etc. Immediate and long-term work and financial needs that may have been impacted prior to the attempt.

  2. Housing – information on finding/maintaining housing, navigating long-term hospital stays, etc.

  3. Support Network – understanding who your current support network is, how to communicate with them, concrete ways they can provide support, etc.

  4. Education – information on returning to educational (k-12 and/or higher ed) settings after an attempt. For example, in many colleges and universities, students are prohibited from returning to campus for varying lengths of time after a suicide attempt (if they are permitted to return at all). This section will provide guidance on how to navigate that process and get back on track with educational goals.

  5. Repairing Relationships (friends, family, children, etc.) – information on repairing relationships, reconnecting to friends and family, how to support youth who are impacted by a family member’s attempt, etc. Helps someone think through how to break the silence around what they’ve been through to reconnect with loved ones.

  6. Religion/spirituality – navigating connections to religion/spirituality; focuses on how religion/spirituality/connection to something bigger than oneself can be supportive

  7. Medical Care — managing medical care that may be needed as a result of a suicide attempt, returning to physical/mental healthcare settings (how to talk to doctors about your attempt), maintaining health

 

Each section will include lessons learned, resources, and blank pages for the person using the book to write their own reflections and action items/plans for taking care and rebuilding after a suicide attempt; a “living, breathing plan” for moving forward in life.

Content will be available online and further supported by an app that allows users to connect to and support each other. The app will also be an avenue for users to provide feedback to the program and to engage in program evaluation.

SUPPORT GROUP GUIDANCE

This project will also offer guidelines on creating a support group for survivors of suicide attempts. Instead of creating a support group curriculum, the this will be presented as a model outline with suggestions of how to run the group. For a support group to be most effective, the way it operates should be informed by those who attend and run the group—this helps build in cultural relevancy and commitment to a group process/group culture and provides a sense of ownership.

COINS & CELEBRATIONS

A key component to this program is coins representing the amount of time and life lived after an attempt (e.g., 30 days, six months, 1 year, five years, etc.). Coins will be culturally specific and community-specific, designed by attempt survivors from those communities. Coins may have affirmations and/or caring messages printed on them. 

There are plans for more coins tailored to be culturally specific and community-specific.

  1. Native American/Indigenous populations, including coins specifically for 2Spirit people

  2. Black teenage girls

  3. Jewish people

  4. Women

  5. Latine community

  6. Artists

  7. Filipino community

  8. Pacific Islanders

  9. Middle-aged men

  10. LGBTQ2S

  11. People with disabilities

  12. People with eating disorders

  13. Athletes

Days, Months, and Years commemorative coins.

Each set will have its own design, affirmations/caring messages, and timeline for coins. They will be available in multiple languages. More coin sets will be produced over time for additional communities.

Celebrations will be encouraged to commemorate life lived after a suicide attempt. The celebration format will be offered as a support group component, or as a stand-alone event. Celebrations are an opportunity to gather families, friends, and other supporters to celebrate the person who has survived a suicide attempt.

Coins and celebrations are tools not only to affirm the lives of those who have survived suicide attempts and to encourage them in their healing, but also to reduce stigma around talking about suicide attempts. All too often, suicide attempts are unspoken pieces of someone’s history that carry shame and fear of disclosing. Coins and celebrations serve to break the silence around suicide attempt history and create new pathways to talk about what happened without shaming, blaming, or undermining someone’s achievements.  

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