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.
The Last Time
Write, or share a video, about the last time you saw someone you lost. What do you remember about that moment? What emotions do you associate with it? Has your memory of it changed since you lost that person? Has your understanding changed?
Remember: it can be tough to share about this sort of memory, so be kind to yourself, and only do so if you feel you’re ready.
How do you let people know you’re a safe person to talk to about mental health? Do you talk about your own mental health regularly? What do you find to be a successful way to go about talking about your own mental health or asking other people about their mental health?
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.
A Call to Action
We all have a role to play in preventing suicide, such as spreading awareness, or advocating for smart mental health legislation. What are some ways you have taken action, and how did it feel to do so?
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Your background and culture can deeply shape your experience of mental health. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we’d love to share your experiences and personal point of view involving your own culture.