S Word Stories

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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.

Media Exploitation

By | 2018-11-13T09:03:28+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Voices|

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.

Screenings in Ohio

By | 2018-10-30T09:24:01+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Latest News|

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 [...]


By | 2018-10-22T09:50:32+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Voices|

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.

Screening in Jakarta, Indonesia

By | 2018-10-21T12:26:16+00:00 October 21st, 2018|Latest News|

On Tuesday, October 16 THE S WORD participated in our first screening for the American Film Showcase. The film was shown at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, followed by a Q & A with Lisa participating via Skype. AFS brings award-winning contemporary American films to audiences around the world, offering a view of American [...]

St. Joseph’s Health-St. Mary

By | 2018-10-05T10:27:24+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Latest News|

On Thursday, September 27, THE S WORD traveled to Victorville, CA for a screening hosted by St. Joseph's Health, St. Mary and student organizations from Valley Victor College where the event was held. The afternoon began with a resource fair, followed by a welcome from Dr. Gloria Peak, Director of St. Joseph's/St. Mary. The post-screening [...]


By | 2018-10-02T09:19:23+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Connectedness,” Kelechi Ubozoh and Leah Harris (attempt survivors and mental health advocates) and psychologist Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas discuss how to talk about the importance of relating to connecting with our community. We are our brothers and sisters' keepers.

KGO-TV San Francisco Interview

By | 2018-09-28T08:50:38+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Latest News|

Director Lisa Klein and Kelechi Ubozoh were featured in a great piece from KGO-TV in San Francisco recently that focused on suicide prevention. Lisa and Kelechi were in the Bay Area for a screening of the film in Martinez, hosted by Contra Costa County Health Services. It was a packed house for the film which [...]

Gwynn’s Song: Leaving Unmasked Faces

By | 2018-09-20T10:02:07+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Stories|

My name’s Gwynn Lanning and I’m a musician, composer, Suicide prevention advocate, and LGBTQ rights activist. I’ve been composing music for ten years and view it as both a profession and a kind of personal/communal therapy. Over the years, I’ve played at LGBTQ community events, senior citizens homes, and local shops. My goal as a [...]

Talk About It

By | 2018-11-17T10:33:40+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Talk About It,” best-selling author Andrew Solomon and psychologists Dr. Thomas Joiner and Dr. Kita Curry posit that talking about suicide reduces the fear surrounding getting help and moving forward.

Chautauqua Institution Film Festival

By | 2018-08-24T10:42:08+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Latest News|

The S Word was honored to have been a part of the Chautauqua Institution's week of programming entitled Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence and Civil Discourse." This theme was explored through Chautauqua’s renowned lecture series, that featured talks by famed documentarian Ken Burns and Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday. The S Word screened [...]

The Suicide Zone

By | 2018-08-21T09:54:10+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “The Suicide Zone,” psychologists Dr. April Foreman, Dr. Bill Schmitz and Dr. John Draper discuss a variety of ways in which people can move past the suicide zone and toward a life worth living.

The Medical Model

By | 2018-07-31T09:29:51+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “The Medical Model,” lead suicidologist Dr. Thomas Joiner, attempt survivor and mental health advocate Iden Campbell and attorney Skip Simpson discuss what the medical profession can learn from people with lived experience.

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Screening

By | 2018-07-17T15:14:45+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Latest News|

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane hosted a free community screening of The S Word followed by a panel discussion on July 11th.  We want to thank everyone involved for putting this wonderful event together and give a special shout out to the women of the California HOPE organization. Lisa first met Supervisor Zane when she [...]

Collective Responsibility

By | 2018-07-09T10:51:55+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation “Collective Responsibility,” attempt survivor and mental health advocate Leah Harris, best-selling author Andrew Solomon and psychologist Dr. April Foreman talk about what we can do as a community to help others through a suicidal crisis.

Dese’Rae and Kelechi on CNN and CBS This Morning

By | 2018-06-26T11:27:32+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Latest News|

The sad news of several recent high-profile deaths by suicide has sparked a much-needed national conversation. The S Word's Dese'Rae Stage and Kelechi Ubozoh participated in two recent network television programs on the subject. Dese'Rae was a part of "Finding Hope: Battling America's Suicide Crisis," a CNN Town Hall hosted by Anderson Cooper. To view [...]

Surviving Loss

By | 2018-06-19T15:02:59+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Surviving Loss,” loss survivors Katie Hardy, Amelia Lehto, Shirlee Zane and Jean, John and Shauna Toh consider the seemingly interminable questions that arise from the suicide of a loved one.


By | 2018-05-30T07:20:12+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation “Unmasking,” attempt survivors Kelechi Ubozoh, Leah Harris and Iden Campbell and psychologist Dr. April Foreman discuss the power of taking off the mask and ending the silence surrounding suicide - opening a much-needed conversation that could save lives.

Directing Change Awards

By | 2018-05-29T13:28:20+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Latest News|

More than 1,000 guests attended the red-carpet awards ceremony and top films screening in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 22nd to celebrate the achievement of young filmmakers across the state. Lisa was honored to receive a Directing Change award for Outstanding Film with Messaging around Suicide Prevention. Lisa was also thrilled to hand out [...]

Stanislaus County Community Screenings

By | 2018-05-21T15:50:38+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Latest News|

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Stanislaus County Suicide Prevention Advisory Board for all their efforts in presenting four free community screenings of The S Word in downtown Modesto, Ceres, Patterson and West Modesto. Every screening featured Spanish subtitles and the Q & A panel discussion with Lisa in Ceres [...]

Wyoming Governor’s Conference

By | 2018-05-15T09:54:56+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Latest News|

Lisa had the honor of presenting The S Word at the the Third Annual Governor’s Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Q & A afterward reflected an engaged and deeply thoughtful audience reaction. Thank you Richard Barrett for inviting us and for the warm reception. And, as you can see, Lisa got to meet the governor. [...]

Self Care

By | 2018-06-04T15:07:17+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Self Care,” attempt survivor and mental health advocate Leah Harris, loss survivor and mental health advocate Mariette Hartley and artist David Best share their stories of self care and connecting with others and how those simple things can save lives and revive the human spirit.

Detroit Free Press Feature on The S Word

By | 2018-04-17T11:01:16+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Latest News|

In advance of our two screenings at the FREEP Film Festival, Ellen Piligian, wrote a wonderful article about Lisa and The S Word for The Detroit Free Press: Lisa Klein knows the silence of suicide all too well. “The S Word,” her documentary screening Saturday and Sunday at Freep Film Festival, examines suicide through stories [...]


By | 2018-06-04T15:10:41+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Hope,” attempt survivor and suicide prevention advocate Eduardo Vega, attempt survivor and speaker Craig Miller, and psychologist Dr. Bill Schmitz talk about how essential hope is in the battle against suicide and suicidal ideation.

Port Townsend High School

By | 2018-04-05T12:06:45+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Latest News|

Lisa and Kelechi recently visited Port Townsend High School in Port Townsend, WA to show THE S WORD and visit with students. After a screening attended by more than 200 kids, students were split into small discussion groups, each led by a teacher or counselor. Lisa and Kelechi circulated throughout, participating in frank, heartfelt conversations. [...]

Means Restriction

By | 2018-06-04T14:43:34+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Means Restriction,” suicidologist Dr. Thomas Joiner, attempt survivor and mental health advocate Leah Harris, and psychologist Dr. April Foreman discuss the importance of restricting the lethal means that could lead to someone dying by suicide.

Cloverdale Screenings

By | 2018-03-23T14:06:56+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Latest News|

THE S WORD recently descended on the town of Cloverdale, CA in beautiful Sonoma County. The day began with a screening of the new one-hour, school-friendly version at Cloverdale High School, followed by a group discussion with director Lisa Klein. The students were blown away by the film, which elicited comments such as “I think [...]

Mayo Clinic Screening

By | 2018-03-19T19:59:38+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Latest News|

We were honored to screen The S Word at the Mayo Clinic, presented by the Center for Humanities in Medicine. A panel discussion followed the film featuring director Lisa Klein, Natalia Chimbo-Andrade, Community Bridges, INC in Arizona, Emily LaFlamme, Program Coordinator, Be Connected and  Allison Schmitt, eight-time Olympic medalist in swimming.   Dr. Bright, Vice Chair [...]

University of Arkansas Screening

By | 2018-03-08T12:13:28+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Latest News|

The Pat Walker Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services sponsored a screening of The S Word followed by a Q & A with director Lisa Klein and Dese'Rae Stage who is featured in the film. Thank you to the University of Arkansas for an amazing night! Dese'Rae and Lisa with University of Arkansas grad students [...]


By | 2018-06-04T14:39:16+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation “Intent,” attempt survivors Craig Miller and Kelechi Ubozoh and loss survivors Shauna, Jean and John Toh discuss how intent comes into play when dealing with suicidality.

Article by Lisa for Lifeline Crisis Center

By | 2018-02-28T13:54:21+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Latest News|

Lisa recently wrote the following article about The S Word which appeared on Medium: As I tour the country with our documentary, THE S WORD, it’s been interesting to gauge the reactions, from waiters to Lyft drivers to random people who ask what I’m doing in FILL IN THE BLANK city. When I tell them [...]

The Medical Model

By | 2018-06-04T14:36:03+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “The Medical Model” Psychologists Dr. Sally Spencer Thomas, Dr. Thomas Joiner and mental health advocate Leah Harris discuss how suicide prevention goes well beyond the medical model alone.

Western Michigan University Screening

By | 2018-02-12T11:19:41+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Latest News|

The Screening of The S Word and Q & A led by director Lisa Klein was part of Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College's Spring 2018 Lyceum Lecture Series: Mental Health Matters: College Student Mental Health in the 21st Century. We were so pleased to be part of the the ongoing discussion and Lisa was [...]

Indiefest San Francisco Screenings

By | 2018-02-08T15:59:26+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Latest News|

We had the pleasure of screening The S Word at Indiefest in San Francisco on February 3rd and February 7th.  Director Lisa Klein and Kelechi Ubozoh, who is featured in the film, led the Q&A's. Thank you to the Roxi Theater and the SF Indiefest for two great shows! SF Indiefest is a year-round, non-profit [...]

ESPN Radio Interview

By | 2018-02-08T13:41:07+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Latest News|

LaFern Cusack is an award-winning on-air talent and producer, generating awareness and social change through digital and multi-platform content. She is best known for producing and hosting 'The Experience with LaFern Cusack' on ESPN LA Radio as well as creating galvanizing business and social influencers. LaFern recently interviewed director Lisa Klein about The S Word [...]

Brookings Institution Screening

By | 2018-02-15T12:58:50+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Latest News|

The S Word was screened at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC to a packed house on Monday, February 5th.  It was an amazing night for all of us and we thank everyone at  Brookings  for making this such a wonderful event. Brookings also displayed the photography exhibit by Dese 'Rae Stage (Live Through This) [...]

Lived Experience

By | 2018-06-04T14:32:43+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Lived Experience,” attempt survivors Leah Harris and Kelechi Ubozoh and lead suicidologist Dr. Thomas Joiner discuss how sharing our stories and understanding that it’s okay not to be okay can help us focus on life.

California PTA Conference

By | 2018-01-25T11:03:26+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Latest News|

Director Lisa Klein and Community Outreach Director Patrica Harris DiLeva were pleased to attend the California PTA Legislation Conference in Sacramento on January  22nd to present information and have a conversation about The S Word. CAPTA connects families, schools and communities and is part of the foundation of the public-education system and a trusted messenger to [...]

USC Screening

By | 2018-02-05T11:07:38+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Latest News|

We had an amazing night at the University of Southern California screening presented by the School of Cinematic Arts on January 16th. Director Lisa Klein and producer Doug Blush are USC Film School alumni and it was with great pleasure that they screened The S Word in the Ray Stark Theater.  A thoughtful discussion led [...]

Sharing Stories: How I Learned to Stop Fearing Attempt Survivors

By | 2018-06-04T13:14:41+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Loss Survivor, Stories|

It was about a year after my son Noah’s suicide, at a conference for survivors of suicide loss, when I first heard someone describe what led to their own suicide attempt. My hackles bristled so fiercely I couldn’t hear the details. I resisted being dragged inside that bleak and scary place, as if despair were [...]

Psych Central Podcast Interview

By | 2018-01-10T09:30:33+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Latest News|

You can listen to The S Word director Lisa Klein this Thursday at 6:30 a.m. PST on the award-winning podcast, The Psych Central Show - with hosts with Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales.  The link below will be live on Thursday, January 11 for the interview: Listen to Psych Central Podcast. Hosted by Gabe [...]

Seeking Help

By | 2018-06-04T13:10:37+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Seeking Help, Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “Seeking Help,” Kita Curry (Didi Hirsch CEO), Leah Harris, Misha Kessler and Kelly Davis (attempt survivors) and Mariette Hartley (loss survivor), share their insights regarding the importance of asking for help when feeling suicidal

How to Respond

By | 2018-06-04T13:07:25+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, “How to Respond,” psychologists Eduardo Vega and Craig Bryan and mental health advocate Leah Harris, enlighten us about how to respond to someone who is suicidal.

The S Word Stories on Tumblr

By | 2018-01-10T09:30:58+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Latest News|

We’re pleased to announce The S Word Stories and Voices series of posts have moved to the Tumblr community. We invite you to follow us on Tumblr as we post new stories each week from the inspiring individuals we met while filming The S Word. You can still keep up with the Latest News on The S Word [...]

Coping with Suicide Loss

By | 2018-06-04T12:57:44+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Understanding Suicide, Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, "Coping With Suicide Loss,” mental health advocates Samantha Nadler, Jean Toh, Shauna Toh and Mariette Hartley share the depth of their losses and how they continue to cope, showing us how it's not about what you alone could have done -- it's about what you're doing now.

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas TEDx Talk

By | 2017-12-07T15:51:05+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Latest News|

Our good friend and suicide prevention advocate, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, recently did a talk  for TEDx Crestmoor Park Women called Stopping Suicide with Story. Take a look:   Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas knows first hand the challenges and stigma we face with suicide prevention and mental health. At the heart of all social movements [...]

Exeter Hospital Screening

By | 2017-11-20T15:09:54+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Latest News|

The S Word was screened by the Exeter Health Resources Suicide Prevention Initiative in partnership with Regional Public Health Networks, NAMI New Hampshire, Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly and NH Suicide Prevention Council. Joining director Lisa Klein for the panel discussion were Dese'Rae Stage and Craig Miller who are both featured in the film.  Thank you [...]

Kevin’s Song Conference Screening

By | 2017-12-19T13:54:15+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Latest News|

We were so pleased to be part of the Kevin's Song conference this year in Plymouth, Michigan. The S Word was screened before a full house and followed by a wonderful panel discussion. Sally Spencer Thomas, Jen Losey James, Katie Hardy, Karen Marshall, Amelia Lehto, and Lisa Klein at the conference. Sally [...]

Jewish Family Service Detroit Screening

By | 2017-11-17T13:35:35+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Latest News|

We had a full house at the Maple Theater for the screening presented by The Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, followed by a panel discussion.  Proceeds from the screening benefited A Single Soul, a program at Jewish Family Service, that provides a range of suicide prevention, education and training. A big thank you to [...]

Los Angeles Post-Screening Q&A Video

By | 2017-11-01T13:07:47+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Latest News|

The hometown premiere of THE S WORD was part of the ArcLight Documentary Series held on Sunday, October 22nd in Santa Monica. The panel for the Q & A featured director Lisa Klein, producer Doug Blush and cast members Kelechi Ubozoh, Craig Miller and Jean Toh.  Marjan Safania, President of the International Documentary Association and [...]

Loss to Profound with Val

By | 2017-10-26T17:45:40+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Latest News|

Lisa was interviewed on October 24th by radio and TV host Val Uchendu for his show Loss to Profound with Val on the Universal Broadcasting Network.  Val's show airs live every Tuesday at 11:00 am. "The show's new segment, "Becoming Profound," is about turning your loss, an unfavorable event/incident into Positive to Inspire others or provide [...]

Being There to Respond

By | 2017-10-25T07:13:12+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Seeking Help, Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, "Being There to Respond,” mental health advocates DeQuincy Lezine, Dese’Rae L. Stage and Leah Harris help us learn how to be there to respond to individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Arclight Doc Series – Los Angeles Premiere

By | 2017-12-19T14:04:34+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Latest News|

On Sunday, October 22, THE S WORD made its hometown debut with a sold-out screening and Q&A session, as part of the ArcLight Theatre's prestigious Documentary Series. THE S WORD crew was joined by cast members Kelechi Ubozoh, Craig Miller, Jean Toh and Ann Taylor plus  friends and supporters at a post-screening celebration. Many thanks [...]

The S Word in Sacramento

By | 2017-10-24T11:35:35+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Latest News|

It was a full day in Sacramento, topped off by a phenomenal screening attended by 500+ at the historic Sacramento Crest Theater! First up, Lisa presented clips of the film and conducted a Q&A for employees at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Next, Lisa, Joseph Robinson (Program Manager, Each Mind Matters) Stan Collins [...]

Being a Parent with Suicidal Thoughts

By | 2017-10-09T14:47:00+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Hope|

I am a more compassionate parent to my son because I live with suicidal thoughts. And it took me until this moment to realize that. Since trying to end my life over 15 years ago, I have seen a lot of doctors, tried a lot of different therapies, and a lot of diagnoses have been [...]

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Screening

By | 2017-10-06T12:25:28+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Latest News|

We had an amazing time in Olathe, Kansas and want to thank everyone at the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition for hosting us and putting together the panel of local police and mental health professionals that accompanied Lisa for a great discussion. Earlier that morning, Lisa did a live interview with Charlie Keegan at KSHB-TV.  [...]

University of Utah Screening

By | 2017-09-26T12:34:41+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Latest News|

A very big thank you to the University of Utah for a wonderful screening. The Q & A that followed was especially emotional for director Lisa Klein when 9-year old Eli Najarian raised his hand and said the following: "Thank you for making this movie and helping me and future generations. "  Needless to say, [...]

Iowa City Screening

By | 2017-09-22T11:28:57+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Latest News|

The Iowa Crisis Center screened The S Word in Iowa City at The Englert Theatre.  Beau Pinkham, the Director of Crisis Intervention Services, led a panel discussion with director Lisa Klein, Keri Neblett, an assistant professor in the UI’s School of Social Work and board member for the Iowa Chapter of the American Foundation for [...]

Hotel Room Drapes

By | 2017-09-20T10:15:35+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Stories|

The dark hotel room lurked around me; the cold blue and gray carpet oozing the dank sani-odor of disinfectants and air freshener. Hotel rooms are the Rorschachs of the soul, commoditized dwelling units designed as homes away from homes but always failing. What you see in a hotel room is what you bring to the [...]

Port Townsend Film Festival Screenings

By | 2017-12-19T13:57:35+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Latest News|

A big thank you to the Port Townsend Film Festival for an amazing weekend! The S Word was screened twice followed by a Q&A with director Lisa Klein and producer Doug Blush.  We appreciate all the wonderful people who came out to support the film and this incredible film festival!

Oakland County Michigan Screening

By | 2017-09-29T14:43:42+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Latest News|

Oakland County, Michigan Youth Suicide Prevention hosted a screening of The S Word followed by a meaningful panel discussion. Thank you, Royal Oak Theater, for giving Lisa Klein a big hometown welcome!  Visit the Oakland Community Health Network for information about their programs. We also appreciate Maddie Forshee writing about our homecoming for CandGNews.  You [...]

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference

By | 2017-09-14T15:15:27+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Latest News|

The S Word was screened at the 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference: Shattering the Silence, held at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, CA in recognition of  Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day.  Having courageous conversations about depression and suicide was the topic for the Q&A with director Lisa Klein via Skype from Detroit. Organized [...]

Screening for The Trevor Project

By | 2018-08-14T15:33:32+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Latest News|

The S Word was screened at the Trevor Foundation followed by a wonderful and heartfelt discussion led by director Lisa Klein and Kelechi Ubozoh who is  featured in the film.  Thank you to the Trevor Project for all that you do! The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning [...]

SAMHSA Voice Awards

By | 2017-09-12T09:58:12+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Latest News|

The S Word is the proud recipient of a 2017 Voice Award.  Director Lisa Klein accepted the award and was joined on stage by Producer Doug Blush along with Kelechi Ubozoh and Ann Taylor who are both featured in film. The Voice Awards program honors consumer/peer/family leaders in recovery from mental health conditions and/or addictions. These [...]

Story Telling and Suicide Prevention

By | 2017-09-12T09:56:52+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Interviews, Latest News|

Director Lisa Klein was the guest on a recent Sally Spencer-Thomas podcast about why storytelling is so critical in effective suicide prevention. 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. To listen to [...]


By | 2017-08-10T09:00:56+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Lived Experience, Stories|

I tried to kill myself in the summer of 2006. I was 23. I spent a month deeply entrenched in an exhaustive cycle of breaking up and getting back together with Emma*, the girl I'd loved for three years. She was cheating on me, but neither of us could sever ties with the other.

Ceiling in the Floor

By | 2017-05-01T14:34:09+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Loss Survivor, Stories, Surviving Suicide|

When I was asked to speak at Brandon Toh’s memorial service, I had no idea of the journey it would take me on. The speech that I wrote ended up inspiring a full-length production called "Ceiling in the Floor, ” a theater/music/dance piece that tells the story of our friendship and features his incredible music. [...]

Suicide From the Other Side

By | 2017-04-18T09:35:05+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Loss Survivor, Stories, Understanding Suicide|

My flip phone says 3 missed calls 2 from home 1 from him I assume her phone died so she used his to call me and I quickly relive the night before up in the wee morning hours listening to her tears telling her it'll be okay get to yoga center yourself you only want to be with someone who [...]

The Suicide Layer Cake

By | 2017-04-07T16:28:47+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Lived Experience, Stories|

Layer One - Lies The blackness arose from the lies. The layers of blackness slowly turned to grays and browns. Each color representing some new form of deflection, self-preservation, or justification to make sure I never had to face the pain directly. Those layers let in peaks of light and, at very rare times, happiness. [...]


By | 2017-03-01T16:46:12+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Lived Experience, Loss Survivor, Stories|

Read Director Lisa Klein's recently published piece on Mental Health on The Mighty. Looking back at loss and lessons learned along the way, “How could he have done that to us? It was so selfish.” I wondered this as well, until I started talking with and listening to people with lived experience – people who [...]

Crisis Hotlines

By | 2017-08-21T13:39:30+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Crisis Hotline, Experts, Seeking Help, Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, "Crisis Hotlines," Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Dr. John Draper, Founder of Trans Lifeline, Greta Martela, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's Shari Sinwelski tell us how hotlines have transformed suicide prevention, and continue to save lives every single day.

Teens, College & Suicide Prevention

By | 2017-08-21T13:40:02+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, College, Experts, Teens, Understanding Suicide, Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, "Teens, College & Suicide Prevention," suicide prevention advocate and attempt survivor, Misha Kessler, psychologist and CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Dr. Kita Curry, and college suicide prevention advocacy group, Active Minds, discuss the impact mental health support on college campuses can make for students.

Seeking Help & Suicide Prevention

By | 2017-05-03T12:31:16+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Experts, Seeking Help, Voices|

In this 3-part conversation, "Seeking Help & Suicide Prevention,” psychologist and CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Dr. Kita Curry, suicide attempt survivor, Samantha Nadler, and leading suicidologist, Dr. Thomas Joiner, tell us why we can't do it all ourselves, and why asking for help doesn't make you "less than," it makes you human.

These Things I Do, That Others May Live

By | 2017-02-17T14:45:41+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Attempt Survivors, Experts, Lived Experience, Stories, Veterans|

From the very start of my training as a clinical psychologist, I was interested in suicide prevention and have wanted to work with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. As an early career psychologist, I worked with and provided treatment to hundreds of suicidal individuals. When I deployed to Iraq in 2009, however, my relationship with [...]