Storytelling is a Roadmap to Hope

Suicide is a big deal. It is scary and not the easiest conversation to have. But not having that conversation has made suicide one of the leading causes of death in this country. It is time to end the silence and boldly talk about suicide. We can, and we must help each other not just survive, but strive toward a life worth living.

Suicide alone is not the problem, it is the deafening silence that surrounds it.
— Lisa Klein, Filmmaker "The S Word"

Sharing your story is powerful!

Storytelling breaks down stigma. Resilience is real. Recovery is possible.

Not sure how to start sharing your story with others? Counseling, support groups, or sharing with a trusted friend or loved one are a great place to start. 

When you are ready to share your story publicly, we want to hear about your experiences, feelings, and ideas – they make you special and help drive our work every day. We know that difficult times are real and that those help shape who we are and connect us with others. Being brave enough to speak up and be honest can help foster healing, drive community, and inspire change. We’re so grateful to those who have shared your stories with us – online and in person. Thank YOU.

By submitting this form, you are giving the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition (ISPC) permission and consent to share your story in whole or in part as part of its digital media campaigns and you are 18 years of age or older. Mediums where your story could be shared include, but are not limited to: outbound email communications, social media platforms, and any ISPC online properties to help build the ISPC community. ISPC attempts to contact all supporters whose stories will be told prior to release, but is not restricted by a lack of response. By submitting this form, you also agree that no compensation of any kind will be provided or expected in exchange for the use of your story.

Craft Your Story

 The  Framework for Successful Messaging  is a resource to help people messaging about suicide to develop messages that are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices.    Messaging matters ! Certain types of public messaging about suicide can increase risk among vulnerable individuals.  Conversely, communications can be a powerful tool to promote resiliency, encourage help-seeking, publicize prevention successes, and encourage actions that help prevent suicide.   Learn More HERE

The Framework for Successful Messaging is a resource to help people messaging about suicide to develop messages that are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices. 

Messaging matters! Certain types of public messaging about suicide can increase risk among vulnerable individuals.

Conversely, communications can be a powerful tool to promote resiliency, encourage help-seeking, publicize prevention successes, and encourage actions that help prevent suicide.

Learn More HERE

Tips for creating a storyboard for digital storytelling. For additional technical support for your digital story, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/brss-tacs/tools-resources#share.

Storytelling and Suicide Prevention: An Interview with “THE S WORD” Movie Producer Lisa Klein | Episode 3 | 8.7.17

Effective storytelling is critical to the suicide prevention and suicide grief support efforts. Intimate, vulnerable, inspiring stories let us know we are not alone. Stories of recovery allow us to see a road map before us that leads us out of our despair.

    Suicide is a public health issue. Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media cover suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion, or positively by encouraging help-seeking.   Learn More HERE

 

Suicide is a public health issue. Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media cover suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion, or positively by encouraging help-seeking.

Learn More HERE

 Suicide is an important public health issue, and those who blog on the topic share diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that can help those who are struggling. However, it’s important to note that readers’ attitudes and behaviors can be influenced by what and how you write about suicide, mental health, crisis, and suicidal ideation-- both negatively and positively. The following recommendations are meant to assist bloggers in blogging about suicide safely, and ultimately maximize the effectiveness of the communicators’ efforts and reduce the risk of harmful effects of unsafe messaging on suicide.   Learn More HERE

Suicide is an important public health issue, and those who blog on the topic share diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that can help those who are struggling. However, it’s important to note that readers’ attitudes and behaviors can be influenced by what and how you write about suicide, mental health, crisis, and suicidal ideation-- both negatively and positively. The following recommendations are meant to assist bloggers in blogging about suicide safely, and ultimately maximize the effectiveness of the communicators’ efforts and reduce the risk of harmful effects of unsafe messaging on suicide.

Learn More HERE


Storytelling Platforms

Podcast

Hope Illuminated | Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and was a recent invited speaker at the White House. Her goal is to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities. 


Blog

The Mighty

NAMI Blogs: https://www.nami.org/blogs


Website

Kevin Hines

Lady Gaga: http://action.bornthisway.foundation/page/s/share-your-story


Book

http://www.suicidology.org/resources/recommended-reading


performance art & Projects

Story Story Night's "Life Punctuated" - From the island in the desert! In themes about life-punctuated, featured storytellers speak to experiences that really made a mark. Recorded live in Boise, Idaho on February 27th, 2018.

Featured Storytellers: Liza Long, Gary Tackett, & Emma Arnold

This Is My Brave, Inc. : We're shining a light on mental illness because it has been in the dark too long. www.thisismybrave.org

"This Is My Brave - the Show" - February 2017 Boise performance - bringing mental illness and mental health issues into the spotlight through creative expression live on stage. {http://thisismybrave.org} In this video, Karen Lidral opens our Boise show with her cover of the song Brave by Sara Bareilles.
Suicide claims the lives of more than 1,100 college students each year, and each one of those deaths touches us all. Send Silence Packing is a campaign by Active Minds Inc. to promote a dialogue about mental health issues on campus and combat the incidence of student suicide.

InnerRhythms is proudly supporting middle and high school students in Truckee, CA as they participate in a youth project called "Giving Voice". The project combines dance, music, acting, film and spoken word to bring awareness to students about mental health stigma and suicide prevention.


Visual Art

"Words Matter " Jessica Tookey

"PostSecret" is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. Revealing humor, heartbreak and humanity of our hidden stories. https://postsecret.com/


TV & Film

 This timely KUED film on teen suicide in Utah highlights three stories — a promising young athlete who took his own life, a young man now in his late 20s who talks candidly about his suicide attempt as a teen, and a young transgender teen who also survived her suicide attempt with a reaffirmed desire to live.   Watch HERE

This timely KUED film on teen suicide in Utah highlights three stories — a promising young athlete who took his own life, a young man now in his late 20s who talks candidly about his suicide attempt as a teen, and a young transgender teen who also survived her suicide attempt with a reaffirmed desire to live.

Watch HERE

The new trailer for THE S WORD, a groundbreaking documentary that shatters the silence around suicide and reveals a movement of survivors, artists and activists fighting to change how we deal with our ultimate taboo.

"Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss" the third in AFSP’s Journey series of films about suicide loss, traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss over time. Drawing on stories and insights from long-term loss survivors, the film shows us that through resilience and support we can achieve hope and understanding in our lives while celebrating the lives of those we lost. AFSP's Survivor Day Films: www.tinyurl.com/y8vse7sr

Coming Soon "Suicide: The Ripple Effect"

Official Trailer for the forthcoming film Suicide: The Ripple Effect. HUGE thank you to all who have joined us on this journey thus far and who have helped make this all possible #TeamRippleWorld Feature film coming spring of 2017. www.suicidetherippleeffect.com

  "Stories Of Hope And Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors"   This video features inspiring stories from three people who survived an attempted suicide. These individuals and their families personally recount their journeys from the suicide attempt to a life of hope and recovery. A video guide is included.   Order DVD or Download HERE

"Stories Of Hope And Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors"

This video features inspiring stories from three people who survived an attempted suicide. These individuals and their families personally recount their journeys from the suicide attempt to a life of hope and recovery. A video guide is included.

Order DVD or Download HERE

Recommendations:

http://www.suicidology.org/resources/recommended-videos

Responses regarding 13 Reasons Why: 


You Tube

SAMHSA - https://www.youtube.com/user/SAMHSA/search?query=suicide


Music


Celebrating Advocates & Storytellers

 Annual Advocacy Award - IFFCMH

Annual Advocacy Award - IFFCMH

 National Council Awards of Excellence

National Council Awards of Excellence

 AFSP's Lifesaver Gala

AFSP's Lifesaver Gala

On August 16, 2017, members of the entertainment industry, behavioral health community, and general public joined Chef Robert Irvine for SAMHSA's 12th annual Voice Awards. HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE: HOPE, RESILIENCE, AND RECOVERY: the 2017 Voice Awards put the spotlight on individuals and entertainment productions that provide hope and support to past and present service members who have faced mental health and addiction challenges.