I'm Shelby Rowe, a suicide survivor. Most stories we read about suicide end in tragedy. But many suicide survivors like me go on to live healthy lives. Don't give up hope. I'm joined by reporter Alia Dastagir, who worked on USA TODAY's special rep...
What many people don't know is that nine out of ten people who attempt suicide and survive will not go on to die by suicide later. Or that many people who experience suicidal thoughts or a suicidal crisis go on to live full, joyous and healthy lives.
Alia has been with USA TODAY for nearly seven years, writing on a wide variety of topics ranging from sexism and racism to mental health and media ethics. Her latest project explores the nation's rising suicide rate. Alia spent months talking with dozens of suicide survivors, their families, and experts in the field of suicide research and prevention. She wrote about the lack of funding for suicide research, stories of hope and survival, tips for coping and advice on helping the people left behind. "If you are in emotional distress or suicidal crisis in the U.S., please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak to a trained counselor. It's free, confidential, and available 24/7 in the U.S. If you are not in the U.S., visit iasp.info for resources by country.
Shelby is a suicide survivor, suicide prevention expert and proud member of the Chickasaw Nation. After her attempt nearly ten years ago, she reconnected with her Native American roots and developed coping skills to keep herself healthy. Shelby has over 20 years of experience in public health, and is a leader in the suicide prevention movement. She is currently the suicide prevention program manager at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She played a key role in the creation of the first Arkansas State Plan for Suicide Prevention, previously served on the board of the National Association of Crisis Center Directors, and currently serves on the Consumer Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2016 she was honored as the Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year.
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