Franklin James Cook

Please Share Your Story with Others on the Lifeline Gallery

In Grief, Prevention, Stigma on December 17, 2008 at 9:40 am

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SPNAC readers are invited to tell their stories on the Lifeline Gallery, where anyone can listen to everyday people’s stories about coping with suicide, from communities throughout the United States:

  • Stories in the “Loss” section, for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide
  • Stories in the “Turning Points” section, for people who have survived a suicide attempt or have struggled with thoughts of suicide
  • Stories in the “Helpers” section, for caregivers, advocates, or supporters working on behalf of suicide prevention.

The Lifeline Gallery was described in a Los Angeles Times’ health blog post earlier this year:

Real voices, real stories. On lifelinegallery.org, Americans who have lost a loved one to suicide share their heartbreak. And those who have considered suicide — or survived an attempt — share their transformations. The site … features speaking avatars — animated images created by users who choose their on-screen self’s age, hair color, clothing and accessories. The voices are recorded by telephone … The site, which aims to raise awareness about suicide’s impact and to offer help and support to people who need it, asks that visitors who create avatars omit last names, money requests, links to for-profit organizations and, most important, descriptions of the actual suicide or attempt. The focus is on prevention …

According to the Gallery’s “About” page,

With the help of partners SPAN USA and Active Minds, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [800-273-TALK / 8255] launched the Lifeline Gallery in June 2008.

The website provides a “how-to” button at the top of every page and complete guidelines for creating a story, which is relatively esay to do in 5 to 10 minutes. If you’d like to hear an example story, here is a link to SPNAC Editor Franklin Cook’s story on the Lifeline Gallery.

[The abridged URL for this post is  http://tinyurl.com/LifelineGallery .]

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