The Speak Out will take place on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH at 6:00 PM in Cox Ballroom. Please submit this form by 11:59 PM ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH!
Tips for sharing your story:
1. Do talk about what helped you when you were struggling.
2. Don't share means or methods of self-harm when talking about suicide. Leave those details out.
3. Leave out specifics when talking about medication, whether talking about what did or did not work. Medication is different for everyone. Avoid sharing specific doses or naming specific types.
4. Share concrete ways that friends and loved ones helped you or could have helped you so audience members learn ways they can be there for their loved ones.
5. Don't share details when talking about unhealthy coping mechanisms (e.g. methods of self-harm, specifics of substance abuse). You don't want to appear to model or promote these behaviors.
6. When addressing eating disorders, avoid naming specific weights or eating and purging rituals as these can be triggering for those who are struggling.
7. If you are talking about a loved one who died by suicide, try to avoid describing them as "in a better place" now.
~Thank you for sharing your story!~