Suicide

Welcome to the A2A Suicide Advocacy Resource Center (ARC), an outreach project of the nonprofit Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance, aiming to help individuals impacted by suicide step into suicide prevention advocacy.

We hope you’ll be inspired by our A2A Advocates impacted by suicide, and we invite you to listen to our A2A Spotlight features and A2A 1-on-1 interviews sharing powerful stories of how individuals impacted by suicide are turning adversity into advocacy.

While you’re here, we hope you’ll join our Suicide Messages of Hope campaign. Give hope. Get hope. All in 30 seconds. And if you’re interested in sharing YOUR story with the help of one of our professional journalists, let us know!

Oh, and please be sure to add your name to our Wall of Allies, so you can show your support for our advocates. If you’d like, we’ll also send you our free monthly e-newsletter.

Meet our A2A Advocates

Vic Ojakian

Vic Ojakian

Vic Ojakian Adversity: Loss of son to suicide Advocacy: Suicide prevention and mental health awareness activist "I love and miss my son, Adam. I channel those emotions and feelings into a determination to help others seek solutions other than killing...

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Stacy Bare

Stacy Bare

Stacy Bare Adversity: Struggled with substance abuse and suicidal thoughts after serving in the U.S. Army Advocacy: Directs Sierra Club Outdoors' program and works to destigmatize mental illness "Reaching out and helping others really has been the best way...

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Leslie Zeitler

Leslie Zeitler

Leslie Zeitler Adversity: Mother died by suicide when Leslie was 15 Advocacy: Writes and speaks about the challenges faced by survivors of loved ones’ suicides “I may not change a whole culture, but I am working on changing my part of the world. And if...

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A2A Spotlight Features

Spotlight – Suicide Prevention Outreach Helps Grieving Mom Heal

Spotlight – Suicide Prevention Outreach Helps Grieving Mom Heal

KCBS Radio afternoon anchor and A2A founder Jeff Bell Spotlights Agnes McKeen, who lost her teenage son Harrison to suicide in 2015. Agnes founded Just Talk Suicide Prevention, a nonprofit that promotes healing, hope and suicide prevention awareness. A2A...

Spotlight: Luke Richardson

Spotlight: Luke Richardson

A2A feature on Luke Richardson as heard on KCBS Radio:   A2A Founder Jeff Bell talks with former NHL player Luke Richardson about his teen daughter's suicide, and his family's commitment to help transform youth mental health. To learn more about Do it for Daron,...

Spotlight: Victor Ojakian

Spotlight: Victor Ojakian

A2A feature on Victor Ojakian as heard on KCBS Radio: <br/p> A2A Founder Jeff Bell talks with Victor Ojakian about his son's suicide and the Ojakian family's subsequent efforts to create and promote suicide-prevention resources. The following links are important...