JD Schramm: Break the Silence for Suicide Attempt Survivors

“When people try to assemble themselves back into life [after a suicide attempt], because of our taboos … we’re not sure what to say. So quite often we say nothing, and that furthers the isolation.” This is what JD Schramm says in his 2011 TED Talk about the need for survivors of suicide attempts to have access to resources as they re-engage with life. Schramm is a communications lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he led the Mastery of Communication Initiative to help graduates communicate more effectively.

Schramm is not a therapist, psychologist or social worker, but he understands that there are few resources available for survivors of suicide attempts. The statistics speak loud and clear: 19 out of 20 people who attempt suicide fail, but those who have previously attempted suicide are more likely to succeed when they try a second time.

Schramm wants people to know, like the video campaign says, “It gets better.” He shares his thoughts and his story in this TED Talk.

Like this Ted Talk? Check out last week’s talk: Nancy Lublin: Texting that Saves Lives