Suicide and Resilience:  Finding the Words

Let us not respond to suicide by calling it an inexpressible tragedy. Rather, our task as students of human life is to seek to further our compassionate understanding for victims of suicide—both those who have ended their own lives and those who are left in the wake of these losses and struggle to maintain their own balance and their own courage to live. We must accept the challenge to find the words—words of truth, of honesty—that can encourage us, we the living, to extend our caring to and for each other. In this manner, we might alleviate in some measure the suffering that is common to the human condition and even to find occasion for joy.

This gathering of students, scholars, and experts provides a rare opportunity to remove the taboos that have limited our conversations about this important topic and hindered the sharing of knowledge and experience. Let us share the available light—and let us find the words. 


Find directions to Wesleyan and download a campus map.

Registration will take place in Beckham Hall (Fayerweather Building). Program Saturday will take place in Daniel Family Commons (Usdan University Center).

Parking should be in V lot on Vine Street on Friday and E Lots on Wyllys Ave. on Saturday. 


Hotel rooms have been reserved at the following location. To receive the special event rate, please use the reference “Shasha” when booking your rooms:

The Inn at Middletown
70 Main Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
(860) 854-6300 

Friday $185/night  


Please contact Lisa Sacks ( with questions.