TALKING OutLOUD: TEENS & SUICIDE LOSS
Every year in the United States, nearly a million teenagers lose someone to suicide. Most of them will deal with it alone.
Already likely to feel more shame, anger, guilt, and abandonment (and at higher risk for subsequent anxiety and depression) than if the loss had been due to something more “acceptable” like a car accident or cancer, face the world unprepared, unsupported, misunderstood, and with a deep sense of loneliness.
"My mom took her own life when I was thirteen.
I’m 17 now and I've never met another kid my age who has gone through the same thing as I have."
“My friends were kind of weird around me. They didn’t know what to say.”
Even though they crave validation of their feelings, they often don’t talk about it with their parents and rarely seek out traditional sources of help such as counseling or support groups. While there are some excellent bereavement support services available, nothing exists that speaks to teens about suicide loss in their own voice.
Directed by Rethink’s Chief Creative Consultant Geoffrey Cantor, Talking OutLOUD will reach teens where they are, delivering a desperately-needed message of hope and healing directly from their peers, through the familiar, anonymous, and safe medium of video.