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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.

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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.

Nyla Talks Podcast with Craig Miller

By |2020-02-18T18:02:50-08:00February 18th, 2020|Interviews, Latest News|

Director Lisa Klein and Craig Miller, who is featured in THE S WORD, brought the film to Lithuania last year through the American Film Showcase, a film diplomacy program organized by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. While in Lithuania, Craig sat down for an interview [...]

MECCA Screening

By |2020-01-24T09:03:58-08:00January 24th, 2020|Latest News|

MECCA (Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies), in collaboration with the Be Well OC Suicide Prevention initiative, hosted a screening of THE S WORD on Saturday, January 17 in Orange County, CA. MECCA, a collective impact coalition working to eliminate ethnic and racial disparities and improve the quality of life for underserved multi-ethnic communities, sought to [...]

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 [...]