Since my last update, I've visited both D.C. and Raleigh. I'm finalizing plans for Chicago this week. So far, I've collected 53 portraits and stories in 4 different cities.
For those of you in Austin or Boston: I will be speaking about the project at UT Austin on Tuesday, 9/24, from 6:30 to 8pm, and at MIT on Monday, 9/30, time TBD. For more details, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. In recognition of that, I will be posting one story a day, through Friday. The stories you’ll be reading this week come from attempt survivors on both coasts who, cumulatively, demonstrate a depth and breadth of experience.
I'm opening the week with Eris Discordia's story. She's an attempt survivor who, many years after her own attempt, lost her mother to suicide. I met her when I went to Raleigh to collect stories and portraits. She opened her home to myself and several other survivors so we'd have somewhere comfortable to do this hard work. She fed us and watered us, and I'm so grateful to have met her. Her story is incredible. Take a look.
Please be sure to check in over the course of the week. You might read a story that really resonates. As always, please share. The more people who know that it's okay to talk about suicide, the more lives saved.