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An Interview with Suicide Prevention Activist Dese’Rae L. Stage

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During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Dese’Rae L. Stage, photographer, writer, and suicide prevention activist, spoke with us about suicide prevention and Live Through This, a multimedia-based storytelling series that aims to reduce prejudice and discrimination against suicide attempt survivors. 

Dese'Rae L. Stage Talks About the Origins and Response to Her Project: Live Through This

 

Dese'Rae L. Stage Talks About What She has Learned Working with Suicide Attempt Survivors

 

Dese'Rae L. Stage Shares Her Thoughts on Social Media and Mental Health

 

Dese'Rae L. Stage Talks About Suicide Coverage in the Media

 

Dese'Rae L.Stage Talks About Current Work and Future Projects

 

About Dese’Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide prevention activist. She’s the creator of Live Through This, a multimedia-based storytelling series that aims to reduce prejudice and discrimination against suicide attempt survivors. Live Through This reminds us that suicide is a human issue by elevating and amplifying survivors’ voices through raw, honest stories of survival, and pairing them with portraits, putting faces and names to the statistics that have been the only representation of attempt survivors in the past. Dese’Rae has received awards for her work, including the SAMHSA Voice Award, the SXSW Community Service Award, Investigation Discovery’s Inspire a Difference Everyday Hero Award, and the American Association of Suicidology’s inaugural Transforming Lived Experience Award. Live Through This has received media coverage from the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR, and Dese’Rae is featured in a newly released documentary about suicide prevention advocates called The S Word.

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