Thursday, November 19, 2009

Debi & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

This is Debi, owner of the No Sweat Cafe in Helena, MT. She and her husband started the cafe together in 1983 near the Boulder Hot Springs (hence the name!). Click below to hear about how the loss of her husband to suicide has affected her and her five children, how they've all dealt with it, and how she believes that the secrecy of suicide gives it a power that can be tackled by talking about the issue.

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Kris & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

This is Kris Larson who was a close friend of Deirdre Eitel's. Click below to hear her memories of her friend and her thoughts of losing such an inspirational, creative, and strong friend.


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Siobhan & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

This is Siobhan. Click below to hear her talk about growing up with her sister, Deirdre Eitel (photographer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute), and the pain of unexpectedly losing her sister to suicide in October 2008. You can see some of Dierdre's photographs from her time at the Chronicle as well as her trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan by googling "Deirdre Eitel" and clicking on "images".


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Carol & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

Meet Carol. Click below to hear Carol's story of losing her daughter to suicide during her struggle with anorexia and how God has brought other women into her life who have struggled with eating disorders.


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Julio & His Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor and Americorp Vista Volunteer for Suicide Prevention

Julio finished his undergrad degree in psychology this past year and is now spending a year volunteering as an Americorp Vista volunteer with Montana Mental Health, specializing in suicide prevention. Click below to hear what he has to say about suicide in Montana and about how his family has reacted to the loss of his cousin to suicide.


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Julia & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

Meet Julia. Click below to hear her share about the healing work God is doing in her life since she lost her father to suicide in March 2008.


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Kelly & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

This is my friend Kelly, who is also a photographer. Click below to hear her story about her relationship with her dad before she lost him to suicide.


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Scott & His Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

This is Scott, Katie's other son. Click below to hear some of his best memories with his brother, Zane, who he lost to suicide, and about how he has had to continue in life despite finding his brother after his suicide.


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Katie & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

This is Katie, a woman who has lost her son and her mother to suicide. Click below to hear what she has to say about suicide and the difficulty of losing a child.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Caroline & Her Thoughts as a Suicide Survivor

I have finally edited some of the audio from the interviews I conducted with each participant in my Suicide Survivors portrait project. Each person said so many important and insightful things from their unique experience! For the exhibit for this project, I plan to have prints of each person along with a short audio clip from each person. Click below to hear what Caroline has to say about her experience as a survivor after losing her ex-husband to suicide. I hope you enjoy hearing straight from her! If you'd like to see the rest of the portraits and hear each person's story, come see my exhibit at the Senior Thesis Photography Exhibition on December 15, 2009 from 6-10 pm at The Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, MT. I'd love to see you there!

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