In addition to helping out at ‘the improvised life’ every week, Dese’Rae L. Stage works two other jobs to support the website she started a couple of years ago. Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. The site is meant to give voice to the very taboo subject of suicide and in doing so, save lives. Says suicide prevention advocate and interviewee Kevin Hines:

…No person in a fight for their life is alone. There are millions of people out there fighting just as you are. Find that network. Talk about the issues.

Dese’Rae has created a Kickstarter to fund her travels across the country interviewing and photographing suicide survivors, to expand the presence and reach of Live Through This. It’s a worthwhile project we recommend checking out and supporting if you can. (Minimum pledge is $1; “every  dollar counts” says Dese’Rae). We don’t know when she finds the time to do all she does.

We can’t think of anything more improvised than surviving.

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2 replies on “dese’rae l. stage’s “live through this” kickstarter

  1. Great project. Worthwhile indeed! I just made my contribution and am crossing my fingers that Dese’Rae gets more funding than what she has asked for.

  2. Ref. to the quote , let’s face it, aloneness is the very reality for someone in such a situation . So intervention has to set in far sooner or it will hardly reach a person in despair. Raising awareness is one important step . How to go on ?
    And yet it starts at how we treat our children, how aware we are of what is going on around us, how helpful even the occasional kindness is, to be able to really listen to somebody , to be careful with ‘good advice’ and misunderstandings in general . To be kind to ourselves . And also to learn, that being good at doing something includes what we call ‘failure’ , or learning steps . It is how we become compassionate . And also, we all have our own timing , that is something that seems to be forgotten when i look around .
    Maybe sometimes ‘giving up’ could just mean letting go, of how things were . That is why one needs to know alternatives, that all situations coud look quite differently from another point of view.

    Many children already grow up as survivors .
    And that is where the ‘taboo’ comes from .


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