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Learn how to contribute to suicide prevention research by volunteering for a study.

The Surviving Traumatic Loss (STL) Project

Each year, nearly 110,000 people die due to suicide or drug-related overdose (CDC, 2016), and countless others will die in unexpected ways (e.g., heart failure, aggressive cancer). As a result, millions of new survivors of traumatic loss will attempt to adapt to life in the wake of a loved one’s absence. Although support exists to assist mourners following traumatic loss, these forms of support and the impact they may have on grief have yet to be examined scientifically. It is essential that the needs of survivors of traumatic loss be examined in closer detail, to clarify whether or not these needs are met through the variety of supports available to survivors. This online, year-long study seeks to clarify the needs of survivors of traumatic loss, how these needs are met, if at all, through numerous avenues of support, and to identify the most helpful forms of support for this clinically neglected population.

The wisdom we obtain from this study will help shed light on what needs are most important, and what forms of support help most. Additionally, participants may derive a benefit from sharing their story, and that of their loved one or close other, through this study.

This study is being conducted by Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, Jamison S. Bottomley, MS, and other members of the Center for the Study of Loss and Transition at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.

We are seeking participants who are at least 18 years of age and have lost a loved one in the past five years who was under the age of 65.

For more information or if you’d like to participate, please visit

Research Study for People with Lived Experience of Suicidality

Researchers at Illinois Tech in Chicago are seeking adults with lived experience of suicidal thoughts or a suicide attempt to take a 20-minute survey about suicide disclosure (i.e. communication about your suicidal thoughts or behaviors). Please click this link to see if you qualify and to learn more about the study:

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