[hackerspaces] A community curated suicide prevention campaign

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Fri Jan 18 23:09:09 CET 2013

Might be good to do some videos of people talking about the aftermath
of a suicide.  The pain, the sadness, the regret that they didn't know
and couldn't do more.

To me that seems the most effective way to get a person who is
suffering to reach out for help.


On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM, Brian McConnell <bsmcconnell at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
> https://github.com/worldwidelexicon/why_you_shouldnt_commit_suicide/blob/master/storyboard.md
> 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
> Thanks,
> Brian McConnell
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