The Gutin Family Lived to Tell Scholarship

AAS is pleased to announce that it will be offering four scholarships to fund people with lived experience of suicidal thoughts and/or actions interested in attending the 2020 annual conference in Portland, OR, from April 22-25. 

AAS created the Attempt Survivor and Lived Experience (ASLE) division in 2014. Through this scholarship, AAS is working toward equity for people with lived experience within the overall membership. AAS recognizes the significant economic and social barriers that might make this conference inaccessible to those with lived experience, and views this scholarship as a step toward mitigating these barriers.

The Gutin Family has been involved with AAS since 2000. Nina Gutin, clinical psychologist and co-chair of the AAS Clinician-Survivors Task Force, has lived experience as an attempt survivor and lost her brother Jeff to suicide in 1995. Nina encouraged her father Irving to get involved with AAS subsequent to Jeff’s loss, and he was a member of the AAS board until his death in 2016. Nina stated, “I feel that this is an important way to honor my own lived experience, the loss of my brother, and my father’s legacy by lifting up the voices of lived experience through the Gutin Family Lived to Tell Scholarship.”

The Lived to Tell scholarship will cover conference registration fees, up to $500 in airfare, a private room in a local Airbnb with other scholarship winners, daily ground travel and meal per diem, and a one-year membership to AAS. Scholarships will be awarded on bases of merit, financial need, and increasing diverse representation. Special consideration will be given to those with accepted AAS conference presentation(s) and/or newcomers who hope to be more involved in activism within the Suicidology community.

Online applications will open on November 4, 2019. Please do not submit information via email or any other means before this date. Another announcement will be sent out as a reminder before November 4.

Application Requirements (for reference)

  1. Applicant must have lived experience of suicidal thoughts and/or actions
  2. Please provide 250-500 words on how your lived experience has influenced your work and/or advocacy thus far, and what you intend to bring to and/or take from the conference with regard to your work and/or advocacy.
  3. If you submitted an AAS conference presentation (e.g., poster or panel presentation), please include Abstract ID.
  4. If you’re a newcomer, please include 250 words or less on why you would like to attend the AAS conference.
  5. Please briefly explain why you need financial assistance to attend the AAS conference, taking care to only include information you feel safe sharing

Note: Scholarship recipients have a post-conference obligation to provide feedback on how to make the conference experience more accessible to folks with lived experience.

If you have questions, please contact des@livethroughthis.org.