Sharing Your Story
Interested in telling your stories of hope and healing? You don’t have to be a professional writer to submit to the Lifesavers Blog. Whether you have a written piece, a video, a quote or something else — we will help you edit and refine your piece before it’s shared on our news blog. Please consider sharing your story on social media, using the AFSP hashtag #Stories2Connect.
On this page, you’ll find creative exercises to help inspire you, examples of others sharing their own stories, storytelling tips, safe storytelling guidelines, and specific topics we’d like to feature in upcoming months. Check back often for new creative prompts every month.
|We also encourage you to post your ideas and perspectives to our partners at The Mighty through their Thoughts platform. Here’s how.|
Welcome. We can’t wait to hear YOUR story.
Examples of Stories
- Stories of Personal Experience: No one’s loss, or struggle, is the same. But together, they can be powerful.
- Tips and How-To Articles: What helped you heal and cope with your loss? Do you have advice for others on how to talk to a friend who is struggling, or guide them toward help? What’s the best way you’ve found to manage anxiety or depression?
- Your Healing Journey or Volunteering: Have you participated in an Out of the Darkness Walk? Did you set up a fundraiser for AFSP? Were you part of an AFSP advocacy event? We want to hear about it!
- Opinion: As someone affected by suicide, your views are important. Help us start a conversation.
- Creative Expression: Compose a poem. Write a “letter” to someone you’ve lost, or who just didn’t understand. Express yourself in whatever way you choose.
Write A Letter
Write an imaginary letter to someone involving mental health or suicide. It could be to someone you’ve lost: what would you want to say to them now? You could also write a letter to someone about your own experience with mental health: what is it you’re going through that you wish other people knew? Or, you could write a letter to someone you’re concerned about: what is it you’ve noticed? Do they know you’re there for them?
The creative exercise of writing a letter can help you express your own feelings in a healthy way, or figure out how to say what you want to say to someone in real life.
Physical Object Exercise
Focus in on a physical object that makes you think about your connection to mental health or suicide – does it remind you of someone? Why? Was it an object that was special to someone you lost? Is it an album you listen to that calms you down when you’re feeling stressed?
Create an essay, poem, video, story, or poem about that object. It could even be from the point of view of the object. Be creative!
Topics on the Horizon
We're always looking for whatever types of stories you're inspired to tell, but here are some specific topics we're on the lookout for in the coming months.
Surviving a Suicide Loss
Are you a suicide loss survivor? What helped you in the first few months? Have your feelings changed over time? How would you encourage others?
Think of a time you experienced a life transition like going away to college, a breakup, or settling into a new job. How did it affect your mental health?