Thoughts of suicide and attempts are among the most marginalized human experiences. The experience itself is isolating. Many people with suicidal urges carry shame and have learned to keep silent about their feelings. Alt2su is a Harm Reduction approach that takes a different perspective than traditional Suicide Prevention.
What is Alt2su? How is it different than traditional forms of Suicide prevention? There is no referral or assessment process. There is no formal attendance taken at any group. No one is going to force you to go to the hospital for talking openly about suicidal experiences. At Alt2su, we recognize the fear of forced hospitalization as a contributing factor to why some folks may not ever talk about these experiences. We recognize that if people do not have a supportive space to discuss suicidal thoughts or ideations, they become more likely to attempt. Our aim is not only to provide support but take the shame and stigma off of these experiences.
To learn more about some of our values, here is a pdf for the network charter. Alternatives to Suicide was developed by the Wildflower Alliance in Western Massachusetts, in 2008.
Alt2su trainings are available on YouTube. If you are looking for additional information on training and/or other opportunities please visit Wild Flower Alliance Trainings. For additional information on Alt2su trainings and offerings, please contact Jennifer Tirado at email@example.com.