Susan Rose Blauner is a writer, motivational speaker, artist, singer, and educator who changes the way people think about suicidal behavior and mental diseases. She is the author of How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention, which is used throughout the world to save lives.
Susan presents keynotes and interactive workshops that destigmatize mental illness, empower individuals living with mental challenges, enlighten caregivers, and educate professionals about the nuances of living with and healing from suicidal thoughts and mental disease.
She has appeared on Good Morning America, American Family, and in the documentary A Secret Best Not Kept. Following a 2008 breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, and treatment, Susan went on to earn a master’s degree in social work at the age of 50.