Estimates suggest that for every suicide there are at least 6 survivors — people just like me — desperately struggling to answer the unanswerable question, “Why?” And while I belong to a bereavement group for survivors, this is a lifeline that many don’t have. My goal for 32 PILLS is to lift the stigma of mental illness and suicide, both. Through our impact campaign, we will inspire new dialogues about mental illness and suicide, and give survivors an opportunity to find community, hope, help, and also a lifeline of their own.
Here are some of our impact goals (and this list is continuing to evolve):
- Create a national screenings campaign anchored, promoted, hosted, and facilitated by local, participating groups;
- Encourage post-screening conversations and activities aimed at de-stigmatizing suicide and mental illness and allowing those affected to find peace;
- Persuade local organizations to support professionally-lead bereavement groups for survivors of suicide;
- Shift viewers’ perceptions of mental illness and what it means to be a suicide survivor;
- Secure the support of public figures/influencers who will admit to being survivors of suicide themselves, thereby creating discussion around and acceptance of the struggles and needs of survivors;
- Help to create new programs or initiatives created in support of suicide survivors.