Dese’Rae Stage, creator of Live Through This, joins Steph and me for an honest conversation about suicide. Dese’Rae is a suicidologist and a suicide attempt survivor. She created Live Through This to reduce the stigma and shame around suicide by giving suicide attempt survivors a chance to tell their stories. Too often, suicidality is described using impersonal statistics and anonymous reports. Dese’Rae uses her gifts for photography and storytelling—skills she honed photographing and promoting bands—to help us understand the stories behind the numbers. You might think Dese’Rae’s work as a suicidologist is about death, but actually, it’s about life. This conversation is filled with real talk, humor, and practical tips and terminology.
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- What do you think about suicide?
- Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?
- What would you say to a friend or family member who attempted suicide and survived?
- How can you be part of breaking the shame that surrounds suicide? Do you want to be part of the change?