Reportera Series: seeking suicide survivors

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website, “Each year over 34,000 people in the United States die by suicide — the devastated family and friends they leave behind are known as “survivors.”  Sunday, September 4th was the beginning of  National Suicide Prevention Week, it also marked the 6th month since my mother passed and I became a suicide survivor.

I have learned so much in the half-year since I lost my mother–about the resilience within me, about the love in others and about the stigma of suicide.  A while back we posted information about a study that found that Latina teens are at high risk for suicide, it was a report that many other media outlets reported on.  At the time I was alarmed by the findings but didn’t think it was something that I needed to worry about–it was not something that I felt could impact me.

I am sharing this very personal detail because I will be reporting on suicide and its impact on the Latino community as part of our Reportera Series.  After some preliminary research and taking media guidelines for adequate reporting on suicide into consideration its become clear what my focus needs to be: I am looking to speak to other Latin@s that are also suicide survivors.  If you are willing to share your story with me, please email me at

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK (273-8255), which is available 24/7, can be used anywhere in the United States, and connects the caller to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed.  More information can be found on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website:

One Response to “Reportera Series: seeking suicide survivors”

  1. elenamary says:

    Irasema, you are awesome. I am sorry for your loss. I will re post this. I look forward to reading the final project.

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