Real advice for those who’ve attempted suicide, and want to step back into life

One of the most powerful and moving TED Talks I have ever seen was delivered by JD Schramm. In ‘Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors’, JD gave a very personal insight into his own painful yet ultimately triumphant journey. Now in this blog, JD talks about his decision to ‘come back to life’ and the themes that have emerged which have a universal application. I hope you find it as useful as I have.

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JD-Schramm-QuoteBy JD Schramm*

In my TED Talk, I acknowledged for the first time that, in 2003, I tried to end my life. I wanted to share this in a public setting because 19 out of 20 people who attempt suicide will fail — and those that make the difficult decision to come back to life need openness from their loved ones and a lot of resources. Perhaps that’s what you are in need of right now.

[ted_talkteaser id=1167]My journey cannot be your journey. And while there are probably great gaps in our specific experiences, there is likely some overlap too. In the process of thinking about my experience, a few themes have emerged which I think have a more universal application. If you have others, by all means add them to the list; if some of these do not work for you, then simply attempt the ones which do.

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