Eye of Survivor: Your Hero’s Journey about Surviving Suicide
What you'll learn
- Build a cohesive and redemptive narrative about your story related to experiences with suicide (loss, attempts, thoughts, caregiving).
- Identify key aspects of safe and effective messaging related to stories about suicide.
- Increase confidence in the ability to share a personal story about suicide with others in order to achieve a desired change.
- STRONGLY encouraged but not required is our introductory Udemy course: "Get Ready to Tell Your Lived Experience Story about Suicide"
In this advanced storytelling course, we will walk you through a number of exercises that help you understand the art and science of storytelling and the impact it has on us and others. Topics range from "Who Your Audience Is" to "Developing Your Authentic Voice" and "How Storytelling Heals Us." The course concludes with "Putting it All Together with Practice." By the end of the course, you will have a chance to share your story and get feedback, if you choose.
Storytellers will learn to:
Build a cohesive and redemptive narrative about your story related to experiences with suicide (loss, attempts, thoughts, caregiving).
Identify key aspects of safe and effective messaging related to stories about suicide.
Increase confidence in the ability to share a personal story about suicide with others in order to achieve a desired change.
Prepare to learn from international experts in the mental health and suicide prevention field as well as put your next steps into action! With step by step assignments and videos with real-world application, you are sure to finish this course feeling confident in telling your story.
Not quite ready to share your story? Check out our introductory course, "Get Ready to Tell Your Lived-Experience Story about Suicide", which will better prepare you with the fundamentals of storytelling before you tackle the advanced course.
Who this course is for:
- People with lived experience with suicide (suicide loss survivors, suicide attempt survivors, people who live with suicidal intensity, their caregivers and allies) are encouraged to take this course.
- The lessons here will help anyone who self-identifies as having a personal experience with suicide who also is interested in cultivating this story within (and may or may not choose to share it publicly).
- Those that have lived experiences as suicide loss/attempt survivors and those living with a mental health issue who are looking for something to help them make meaning out of their experiences.
As a clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member, and survivor of her brother's suicide, Dr. Spencer-Thomas sees the issues of resilience, mental health and suicide from many different perspectives. Known internationally as a gap-filling change agent, she works to bring innovation and a framework of social justice to "elevate the conversation." In 2016 she was an invited speaker at the White House and in 2017 she gave her first TEDx talk on "Stopping Suicide with Story."