Prevention Saves Lives!

Mission

The New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition is devoted to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention; and provides education, support and advocacy to reduce the suicide rate in New Mexico.

 

Coalition Meeting October 9, 2014

 

Wednesday October 9, 2014
9:00 am-12:00 pm

United Way of Central New Mexico
2340 Alamo SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

 

Presenters include:

Dese’Rae L. Stage
Live Through This

 

What is Live Through This?

Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors.

“Suicide” is a dirty word in this country. It’s a sin. It’s taboo. It’s selfish. It’s not an easy topic to discuss and because we, as a culture, don’t know how to approach it, it’s easily swept under a rug. The problem is that suicide is a pervasive public health issue (the 10th leading cause of death in the US). I get it: we’re afraid of death. But avoiding it and pretending it doesn’t exist is nothing more than willfully perpetuating ignorance.

The intention of Live Through This is to show that everyone is susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts by sharing portraits and stories of real attempt survivors—people who look just like you. These feelings could affect your mom, your partner, or your brother, and the fear of talking about it can be a killer.

Historically, suicide attempt survivors, in particular, have spoken under conditions of anonymity in order to save them from being discriminated against. The silence and shame created in that act are dangerous. Live Through This encourages survivors to own their experiences publicly—using both their full names and likenesses—and thereby works to strip the issue of anonymity and raise awareness by, simply, talking about it. It’s the first known project of its kind, exploring a world that has remained a taboo for far too long.

Meet the Photographer

My name is Dese’Rae L. Stage. I’m a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate.

In December 2005, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at East Tennessee State University, where I was an undergraduate research associate in Dr. Chris Dula’s Applied Psychology Lab. I’m trained in various crisis intervention techniques. And the camera? Self-taught.

I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder in 2004. I’m also a survivor of nine years of self-injury and a suicide attempt catalyzed by an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. It is these experiences, coupled with the loss of friends to suicide and a lack of resources for attempt survivors, that prompted me to start working on Live Through This.

 

Lived Experience Panel:
Voices of Suicide Attempt Survivors

Presentation: Suicide Attempt Survivors share their experiences of surviving suicide attempt, and talk about their hope and recovery.

Panel Members:  TBA  **If you are interested in participating in this panel, please contact Sabrina Strong at (505) 205-6372 or Sabrina.Strong@wakingupalive.org**

New Crisis Line in New Mexico

Beginning February 1, 2013, the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) will be available statewide, helping New Mexicans get access to local help and resources during a mental health crisis. The line will be available statewide and toll free at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).