Mary Beth Swanson, LCSW, Executive Director , Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center: Recently a friend of mine posted a video of herself on Facebook for 22 days in a row, doing 22 push-ups each day, in honor of the 22 United States veterans who die by suicide every day in our country. Watching her, as her small children cheered her on, got me thinking about the similarities between war veterans with PTSD and child abuse survivors also carrying the heavy burden of trauma. Research has shown that when trauma occurs at younger ages, when the sense of helplessness is strong, and when the traumatic experience continues over a substantial period of time, the likelihood of developing PTSD is higher. If that many veterans are dying every day, how many children, young adults, and adults who have experienced traumatic childhood experiences, such as sexual and physical abuse, are also dying by suicide? I suspect too many. When I began my involvement in this Coalition, I would sometimes say that my actual job, at Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center, had very little to do with suicide. Voices Carry serves children after they have been victims of a crime (often child sexual abuse). We don’t provide suicide prevention or intervention services. Yet, I kept going to the Coalition, and soon it became clear that this was exactly the point. I found a group of individuals and agencies, willing to bring ideas, concerns, hopes, and challenges about the issue of suicide, and the isolation and despair that so often precedes it, to the table with honesty and openness. As we talked about what we knew, what we felt, and what we hoped for, it became clear that the process was actually also the solution: relationships, communication, collaboration and connectedness with one another.