SUICIDE PREVENTION: Change the Conversation

Kamara Gardner, MPH
Public & Mental Health Advocate
Suicide Prevention Subject Matter Expert

Young Government Leaders (YGL) member, Kamara Gardner, encourages FEW and YGL to educate ourselves and each other about suicide prevention.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention developed a safety framework for messaging that aims to change the conversation around suicide and promote help-seeking and resiliency.

Here are some “Dos” and “Don’ts” to facilitate constructive public communication about suicide.


  • Learn the warning signs
  • Say “died by suicide” or “suicide attempt”
  • Be direct, nonjudgmental, and open minded in conversations about suicide
  • Provide accurate information about where to seek help, educate on suicide prevention, write about coping mechanisms
  • Show compassion, actively listen, and accept one’s feelings


  • Glamorize or romanticize suicide
  • Say “committed suicide,” “successful suicide attempt,” “complete suicide”
  • Provide details about suicide method or location
  • Continuously repeat coverage
  • Use oversimplified explanations for suicide
  • Offer personal details that encourage identification of the person who died by suicide
  • Reinforce negative stereotypes related to mental illness

Let’s change the conversation and promote a supportive and understanding environment. #SuicidePrevention #MessagingMatters


HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Reversing the risks and cycles

According to the White House, “human trafficking is a stain on our society’s conscience…” The Department of Justice defines it as “a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts.” Victims are often vilified and treated like criminals. Survivors are working to recover and rebuild their lives.

Let’s work together to raise public awareness about this atrocious practice and put an end to it altogether. We can help by recognizing the signs of someone who might be in a trafficking situation and offering resources for assistance. Ironically, human trafficking is one activity that does not discriminate. Anyone may be victimized, although women, girls, and non-binary individuals are represented in higher numbers than men and boys. Regardless of the statistics, all types of people are targeted.

Learn more about human trafficking and access resources:

Read, watch, or listen to survivor stories: