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.|
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.
Share a conversation you had about mental health
Tell us about a conversation you had about your or someone else’s mental health. Did the topic just happen to come up naturally? What did it reveal about the person’s assumptions about mental health, or your own?
Did you reach out to someone you were concerned about? Or did someone reach out to you? How did it go? What did it make you think, and feel? Get into specifics and explore what was said.
Or – create some dialogue for how you wish the conversation had gone!
Alternatively, what is a conversation you wish you had had? Why?
Talk about your own experience from the POV of your best friend
Share an experience you’ve had, but as though your best friend in the world is telling us about it. You can pick a specific person from your life, or imagine a perfect, ideal best friend – one who understands exactly where you’re coming from, and always has your back.
Does telling the story through their words change how you’re telling it? Are they kinder to you than you might be to yourself? Are they realizing things in telling the story that you might not otherwise have?
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.
Supporting a Friend
Think of a time you were able to support a friend’s mental health. Did you plan it, or did the moment come about naturally? What seemed to help? How did it make you feel? Did you learn anything?
Back to School
School’s back in session! Is it your first year, or some other transitional moment? School can present unique challenges when it comes to mental health. How do you and your friends deal with it?