In this 3-part conversation, “Lived Experience,” attempt survivor and mental health advocate Leah Harris, attempt survivor and creator of “Live Through This” Dese’Rae Stage, and lead suicidologist Dr. Thomas Joiner discuss the life-saving value of lived experience in preventing future suicides.
The December issue of O Magazine published an article titled "Inside America's Suicide Crisis," featuring Dese'Rae Stage, Kelechi Ubozoh and Ann Taylor of The S Word. Take a look at the article: "After surviving a suicide attempt at age 23, Dese’Rae Stage felt profound loneliness.“I was too ashamed to talk about it,” she says. “In [...]
My son Benji reminds me of Lovejoy, the glowing green comet that visited earth a few years ago for the first time in 11,500 years. Both are beautiful and rare, other-worldly phenomena transiting my life. Benji died by suicide on May 7, 2015, at age 15. I still struggle sometimes to believe this isn’t just [...]
The S Word director Lisa Klein will participate in #ElevateTheConvo on December 13 at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 pm EST. #ElevateTheConvo is a much needed conversation about resilience, recovery and transformation after a suicide crisis. Join us on Twitter with the hashtag #ElevateTheConvo. Discussion will be moderated by Sally Spencer-Thomas (@sspencerthomas).
In this 3-part conversation, “Youth Suicide,” college students and Active Minds representatives Sarah Abelson and Erica Cooke, Director of Counseling (Bridgewater University) Randy Hook, attempt survivors Kelly Davis, Leah Harris and Misha Kessler, and actress and loss survivor Mariette Hartley muse over what individuals would miss if they took their own lives.
It was in March of 1990 when I pinned on my badge, took the peace officer oath and began my career with the California Highway Patrol (CHP). I was stationed in Alameda County - Hayward to be exact, just south of Oakland, California. A busy place with a high auto collision rate and higher than [...]
Our fall tour is winding down as we head toward the end of an eventful year of THE S WORD screenings. The latest two took Lisa to Kansas City, Kansas on November 13. The day started off with a screening of the hour long version for over 600 students at Piper High School. After an [...]
In this 3-part conversation, “Media Exploitation,” attempt survivors Craig Miller, Dese’Rae Stage, Leah Harris and Kelechi Ubozoh discuss potential harms of the “if it bleeds, it leads” style of journalism that is often used when describing a suicide or suicide attempt.
The S Word was back in Ohio recently, with Lisa presenting the film at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University, hosted by NAMI of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Earlier in the day, Lisa met with students at Dover High School, visiting several classes and participating in meaningful discussions with the kids. Local community [...]
In this 3-part conversation, “Loss,” loss/attempt survivor and suicide prevention advocate Iden Campbell, artist David Best, and loss survivors Shauna and Jean Toh contemplate loss and how to turn pain into purpose.