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In filmmaking there are hours — sometimes hundreds of hours — of footage that never makes it into the film. If Director Lisa Klein had it her way, the film would probably just be hundreds of hours long. But since she was overruled, we knew we had to share these stories in a new way.

When it comes to suicide, we just can’t afford to leave these critical conversations on the cutting room floor.

Welcome to the #SWordStories. We bring you ‘Stories’ and ‘Voices,’ personal essays and short videos speaking up about suicide from attempt survivors, experts, plus the ‘Latest News’ as we head out on the road to spread The S Word.

’13 Reasons Why Not’ is a collection of personal stories from people who have lived through suicidal thoughts. The name is coined from a controversial Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why. The show tells the story of a high school girl who died by suicide after creating tapes explaining why she killed herself. Each tape mentions a different name, ascribing the blame of her suicide on 13 different individuals.

’13 Reasons Why Not’ DOES THE OPPOSITE – these are stories of people who have felt suicidal, and they have reached out to the people in their lives who are part of the reason they are alive.

Join the conversation and follow along with the #SWordStories on our Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram and Tumblr.

Warning: If you struggle with self-harm or suicidal thoughts, some of these stories could be potentially triggering. You can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Crisis Text Line by texting START to 741-741 for free and confidential support.

The S Word shows in Ukraine

By |2020-01-21T19:25:40-08:00January 21st, 2020|Latest News|

On Saturday, January 18, a community showing of THE S WORD was held at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. The screening was part of the American Film Showcase, a film diplomacy program organized by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. AFS brings award-winning, contemporary films [...]

Live Through This in People Magazine

By |2019-10-30T15:17:25-07:00October 30th, 2019|Latest News|

Our very own Dese'Rae Stage and her Live Through This project were recently featured in People Magazine. The full-length piece includes background information on Des and the organization, as well as some of her portraits of attempt survivors, accompanied by their stories. Hopefully readers will walk away with a better understanding of suicide after hearing [...]

Screening in Pittsburgh

By |2019-09-13T09:56:35-07:00September 13th, 2019|Latest News|

Lisa took The S Word to Pittsburgh, PA recently for a screening organized by UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. The standing-room-only audience participated in a spirited post-screening conversation that emphasized peer to peer support. One special highlight of the evening was an impromptu performance by panelist Jamie Kunning, who performed a heartfelt rendition on the ukulele [...]

Social Media

By |2019-09-03T07:42:56-07:00September 3rd, 2019|Voices|

Keris Myrick, Wilma Townsend, Amelia Lehto and Dr. Bill Schmitz discuss how social media fits into the suicide prevention dialogue.