Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Feature // Live Through This
Today I want to bring something to you that I realize might be very difficult subject for people but I think it is a subject that is extremely important. I want to introduce you to Live Through This. It was started by Brooklyn photographer Dese'Rae L. Stage and is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. I think it is incredibly important that mental health is talked about. It is something that has been shoved in the corner and not talked about for far, far too long. I met Dese'Rae through Gray and immediately felt inspired by this project. I am inspired by the bravery and willingness of these survivors that are openly talking about what they have been through in hopes that it helps another person. I think that is a beautiful thing. If we all had the mind set of being more open, to help just one other person not feel alone, I think this world would be a better place. Conversations need to be started, hands need to be extended and hearts need to be opened to help people. I truly hope that this starts more of that. We need to help one another especially when it comes to the issue of mental health.
Dese'Rae says “I think the world needs this, especially in light of the massive media coverage on suicide of late. This is not a new trend. It is a pervasive public health issue, but when the media talks about suicide, they’re usually sensationalizing the suicide of a famous person in some way. Mindy McCready and Aaron Swartz are perfect examples. We don’t see enough helpful information about how we might prevent the suicide of a loved one, and we certainly aren’t seeing real people talking about their experiences with suicide attempts and how they dealt with the aftermath.”
Dese'Rae has photographed 13 survivors in the New York area, but nearly 100 suicide attempt survivors across the country have offered to share their experiences with her. She just launched a kick starter this week to take this project on the road to capture more experiences and more stories. She says the main goal is to have the project seen and contributed to by as many people as possible. Long-term goals for the project include book publication, larger scale exhibitions, and a documentary with footage captured in the making of the project. Suicide is a dark topic, it's true, but she says the purpose of Live Through This is to shine a light, to cast a line, and to celebrate life.
I definitely urge you to watch the kickstarter video even if you cannot donate. This is a project to help save lives.
If you would like to find out more about Live Through This click HERE.
If you would like to help Dese'Rae with her Kickstater, please click HERE.