In response to the recent loss of some of our fellow creatives to suicide, J. Powell Ogden, author of The Guardianâ€™s Playlist & The Devilâ€™s Playlist, is launching The Writers Suicide Prevention Project to support authors, poets, screenwriters, songwriters & comic book creators who may be struggling with suicidal ideation.
Suicide stories can act as a contagion in communities, resulting in more suicides. Survivor stories and stories about those who sought help before they attempted suicide and found healing and joy on the other side of pain can also be contagious, inspiring the lost and suffering to seek help.
The mission of The Writerâ€™s Suicide Prevention Project is to smash the idea of the inevitable self-destruction of the â€œtortured writer.â€� Our goal is to survey researchers and clinicians regarding depression, suicidal ideation and addiction in creative writers, interview survivors about what works and what doesnâ€™t, develop tools and find resources for those still suffering and present our findings to the creative community at large. Jpowell-ogden.com