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Finding Life After Death: The Day I Died Didn’t Take Away My Pain

Writing this is hard because even though I’ve spoken about my personal struggles in public and on video those are distant memories. Almost 18 years since my last attempt and 17 years since my last mental health break and hospitalization. I wonder will I lose business opportunities because this attempt is so fresh? How will [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:31:46-08:00January 26th, 2017|Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|0 Comments

I Don’t Deserve to Be Called a Survivor

I don’t deserve to be called a survivor. I’m just some guy. I never thought my story was worth telling. I never even thought I’d be alive right now. In October 2009, I had just returned home from serving in the army due to being discharged after a mental breakdown. The whole reason I had [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:31:52-08:00January 17th, 2017|Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|4 Comments

Editor and Camera Operator

Suicide. A real curveball. It was a topic I hadn’t thought too hard about until I was asked to shoot video for a suicide documentary — one that has since been titled “The S Word.” I remember my initial coffee meeting with Lisa Klein, the director of the film. She asked me if I would [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:32:02-08:00January 3rd, 2017|Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|18 Comments

The “S-Word” Can Also Be the “T-Word”

I have had the privilege of knowing and working alongside many people who have survived the loss of a loved one to suicide, and others who have survived their own period of suicidal crisis. I have learned so much from these inspirational individuals. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned is that, “the ‘S’ [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:32:09-08:00December 20th, 2016|Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|1 Comment

After Robin Williams

“Excerpts from Rabbi Stacy’s Yom Kippur sermon at Congregation Rodef Sholom in Northern California. Rabbi Stacy delivered this a couple of months after the death of Robin Williams, but the message is still relevant today. This is a piece that pushes through any religious leanings, and strikes the core feelings that surround preconceived notions of mental illness [...]

By |2017-02-10T09:32:43-08:00December 14th, 2016|Stories, Suicide Prevention, Surviving Suicide|