The Project for Awesome is coming up, and as with most years, my video will be about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In the past, I’ve mostly come at this from my own personal perspective and experiences. I was putting together statistics in preparation for this year’s video, and got another idea. Sadly, I had this idea fairly late in the game. But here we go, anyway: I want to make a video that reflects suicide, suicidal ideation, and depression not from just one set of experiences, but many.
Though there are many similarities, experiences with these things are at least a little different for everyone. My hope is to make a video that, at the very least, tells anyone watching who may be suffering that they aren’t alone in what they feel. That there are others who have struggled, are struggling.
So I decided a collab might be the best way to go. And what I’m asking for are your stories. If you struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts/urges, or you’ve lost someone because they suffered from them, or you’ve been directly impacted by suicide in any way, I would very much appreciate it if you would participate in this project.
Talking about suicide isn’t easy. It’s something a lot of people like to avoid even thinking about, but it’s necessary to have out in the open. Hidden away, everyone is left believing they’re alone in their struggle.
I’m primarily asking for videos. Just simple, talking to the camera stuff. I’ve already gathered a couple. They’ll be edited and cut together with anything else I get.
But I will also accept text stories, provided I’m allowed to read them or have them read in the video.
If you’re willing to participate, please let me know ASAP. I’d like these videos no later than the end of the 13th (Friday) in my time zone (US Pacific) so that I have ample time to edit. I can possibly accept later than that, but only if you communicate with me.
E-mail submissions to adamthealien (at) gmail (dot) com. Video clips can be sent via DropBox, WeTransfer, or any such site for sending large files, OR you can upload a video to YouTube (unlisted or public is up to you) and send me the link. I can rip the video directly from YouTube.
Thank you for your time, and I sincerely hope those of you affected in any way by suicide are willing to help with this project.