[hackerspaces] A community curated suicide prevention campaign

Brian McConnell bsmcconnell at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 22:59:55 CET 2013

I first met Aaron at an O'Reilly conference about ten years ago. While I can't claim him as a friend, we crossed paths from time to time, and I admired his work. I attended his funeral this week, and never want to see friends and family have to go through something like that.

I decided to devote some time to a community curated suicide prevention campaign. It is modeled after early AIDS prevention campaigns, which deal with the issue in a frank, direct manner, without medicalizing the subject, and treated people like adults. What I've done is to write a storyboard / narrative which illustrators and audio/visual arts can use as the basis for animated or printed versions of this, and can adapt to various audiences, from adolescents, to people who've recently experienced a major loss. You can find the narrative at:


Please spread the word to your friends. If any good can come out of this, it will be better suicide prevention campaigns and programs. 

If anyone wants to discuss, I can be reached at bsmcconnell at gmail.com


Brian McConnell
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