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Do you want to share your story? Please be sure to read the following text and include all of the information requested in the contact form below.

 

If you’re looking to get in touch for another reason, scroll down to the second contact form and fill that bad boy out.

Before Reaching Out:

Please consider whether sharing will re-traumatize you, whether you’ll have supports in place to debrief after we meet, as well as the implications of having your name and likeness on the Internet with your story (once something is on the Internet, it’s hard to remove it completely). Your safety is of utmost importance, and if you share your story, I want you to feel proud of it.

I do not screen for specific kinds of stories. I believe everyone who identifies as a suicide attempt survivor deserves to be heard.

In Order to Participate:

You must be:

  • 18 or over (no exceptions);
  • willing to use your full name and likeness;
  • willing to sign a model release when we meet (click to download a sample for reference);
  • willing to have your voice recorded;
  • at least one year out from your most recent attempt.

The Process

If I’m traveling to your area, I will contact you in advance of my arrival to schedule a time to meet. I always schedule in advance, without exception. This allows time for both of us to emotionally prepare.

When we meet, it takes 2-2.5 hours for the interview and portrait. I always record audio and, with your blessing, I may film the interview. The interview, itself, is unstructured. To prompt you, I will ask your name, age, what you do (to be interpreted loosely), where you’re from, and your story, as you see fit to tell it. At the end of the interview, I might prompt you to elaborate on something you mentioned in your story, and I will almost always ask you if anything good came out of your attempt, as well as whether suicide is still an option for you.

Immediately after the interview, we will go outside to make the portrait. Please come to the interview camera ready. The portrait almost always includes the chest and head in the frame. Avoid wearing tops that are solid black or white, or spaghetti straps, text, or bold prints.

If you need to cancel for any reason, including feeling anxious about the interview, please let me know as far in advance as possible. I will not judge you. I will, however, be upset if you don’t communicate with me and/or don’t show up at our scheduled time, because I try to be as courteous and respectful as possible and expect to be treated similarly in return.

Some tips:

For your phone number, I won’t call unless I absolutely have to, but it’s necessary info to have on-hand.

For the message box, please tell me briefly about you, the circumstances leading up to your attempt, what your life looks like now, and any other pertinent information. Please do not include graphic descriptions of your suicide attempt(s).

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of emails I receive, it may take some time before you get a response, as I try to answer each and every one.

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Get In Touch for Another Reason

If you would like to contact me for any reason other than to tell your story, please fill out the following form. Check out the FAQ below if you have any questions, or scroll down to subscribe to our mailing list.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of emails I receive, it may take some time before you get a response, as I try to answer each and every one.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a member of the press and I'd like to get in touch. What's the best way to do so?

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Use the contact form above, with the subject “Press Opportunity.”

What if I'd like to hire you for an event?

Have you checked out my Speaking page? If you like what you see, let’s make it happen! To inquire about availability, please contact Ben Anshutz at ben@gotham-artists.com.

What if I want to volunteer for Live Through This?

Live Through This is a labor of love requiring a lot of time and care. I do most of the work myself, but do have a small team of volunteers taking care of tasks I simply don’t have the expertise to handle on my own. I am currently in need of long-term transcriptionists and a dependable social media assistant. As I have no budget, these positions are currently unpaid (I have high hopes that I will be able to pay someday). If you are interested, please contact me. Depending on the season, it may take me some time to get back to you. I appreciate your patience!

I filled out the "Tell Your Story" forms, but I haven't heard back.

Due to the volume of emails I receive, it may take some time before you get a response, as I try to answer each and every one.

What if I'm in crisis and I need to talk to someone?

I’m not a clinical mental health professional. If you’re feeling suicidal, please talk to somebody. Check out the crisis resources at the bottom of every page, or click here.

Want to support us?

Live Through This is made possible in part by donations from incredible humans like you. If the project moves you and you have even a single dollar to spare, please consider donating. Every dollar donated goes straight back into the project. These funds allow for gear, web real estate and hosting, travel associated with the project, professional fees, conference attendance, and more.

For more ways to support us, be sure to check out our merchandise, join in on the #STAY campaign by sharing a picture of you and your Live Through This gear, and subscribe to our mailing list!

Want to tell your story for the Live Through This project? Click "Your Story" below.

About Live Through This

Live Through This is a series of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors. Its mission is to change public attitudes about suicide for the better; to reduce prejudice and discrimination against attempt survivors; to provide comfort to those experiencing suicidality by letting them know that they’re not alone and tomorrow is possible; to give insight to those who have trouble understanding suicidality, and catharsis to those who have lost a loved one; and to be used as a teaching tool for clinicians in training, or anyone else who might benefit from a deeper understanding of first-person experiences with suicide.

More Information

Tax-deductible donations are made possible by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, which sponsors Live Through This. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Live Through This must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Please Stay

If you’re hurting, afraid, or need someone to talk to, please reach out to one of the resources below. Someone will reach back. You are so deeply valued, so incomprehensibly loved—even when you can’t feel it—and you are worth your life.

Find Help

You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and pressing Option 1, the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada), or The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.

If you don’t like talking on the phone, you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741, or check out the Lifeline Crisis Chat. If you’d like to talk to a peer, warmline.org contains links to warmlines in every state. If you’re not in the U.S., click here for a link to crisis centers around the world.

Live Through This is dedicated to the lives of so many friends and family members lost to suicide over the years. If you would like to add the name of a loved one to this list, please email me.

Live Through This is dedicated to the lives of so many friends and family members lost to suicide over the years. If you would like to add the name of a loved one to this list, please email me.