Tell Your Story
Do you want to share your story? Please be sure to read the following text and include all of the information requested in the contact form below.
NOTE: I am not currently traveling to collect stories. Please check back in the future.
Before Reaching Out:
Please consider whether sharing will re-traumatize you, whether you’ll have supports in place to debrief after we meet, as well as the implications of having your name and likeness on the Internet with your story (once something is on the Internet, it’s hard to remove it completely). Your safety is of utmost importance, and if you share your story, I want you to feel proud of it.
I do not screen for specific kinds of stories. I believe everyone who identifies as a suicide attempt survivor deserves to be heard.
In Order to Participate:
You must be:
- 18 or over (no exceptions);
- willing to use your full name and likeness;
- willing to sign a model release when we meet (click to download a sample for reference);
- willing to have your voice recorded;
- at least one year out from your most recent attempt.
If I’m traveling to your area, I will contact you in advance of my arrival to schedule a time to meet. I always schedule in advance, without exception. This allows time for both of us to emotionally prepare.
When we meet, it takes 2-2.5 hours for the interview and portrait. I always record audio and, with your blessing, I may film the interview. The interview, itself, is unstructured. To prompt you, I will ask your name, age, what you do (to be interpreted loosely), where you’re from, and your story, as you see fit to tell it. At the end of the interview, I might prompt you to elaborate on something you mentioned in your story, and I will almost always ask you if anything good came out of your attempt, as well as whether suicide is still an option for you.
Immediately after the interview, we will go outside to make the portrait. Please come to the interview camera ready. The portrait almost always includes the chest and head in the frame. Avoid wearing tops that are solid black or white, or spaghetti straps, text, or bold prints.
If you need to cancel for any reason, including feeling anxious about the interview, please let me know as far in advance as possible. I will not judge you. I will, however, be upset if you don’t communicate with me and/or don’t show up at our scheduled time, because I try to be as courteous and respectful as possible and expect to be treated similarly in return.