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Share Your Story

Writing about your experience is a great way to help yourself, and help others. Writing through your emotions can be healing. Write your story and then share it on social media or in an en email. Whatever makes sense for you. Below are some prompts to get you started.

Examples of Stories
  • Stories of Personal Experience: No one’s loss or struggle is the same. Together, they are powerful.
  • Tips and How-To Articles: What helped you heal and cope with your loss? Do you have advice for others on how to talk to a friend who is struggling, or guide them toward help? What’s the best way you’ve found to manage anxiety or depression?
  • Your Healing Journey or Volunteering: Have you participated in a walk or other event?
  • Opinion: As someone affected by suicide, your views are important.
  • Creative Expression: Compose a poem. Write a “letter” to someone you’ve lost, or who just didn’t understand.
Writing Prompts
  • Memory: Talk about a random moment you started thinking about your loss. What prompted the thought? Was it something someone said, or did? Was it an object, or a piece of clothing that reminded you of your loved one? Was it a certain time of year?
  • Self-Care Strategies: What’s something you like to do when you need to refresh? It could be anything from taking a walk outside, listening to music, practicing meditation or yoga, or anything else! Talk about a time your favorite activity helped you manage your mental health.
  • Write a Letter: The creative exercise of writing a letter can help you express your own feelings in a healthy way, or figure out how to say what you want to say to someone in real life.

Educate Yourself

In addition to the five no-nonsense tips for helping someone in a crisis, which are listed below, we also share some other resources to learn from:

  1. Ask direct questions. 
  2. Listen to their answers. 
  3. Remove items that could harm. 
  4. Develop a plan with them that can involve a professional.
  5. Enlist professional help.
Local Resources
Be the Light Walk
Bellin Health Psychiatric Center
Brown County Community Treatment Center
Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Center for Suicide Awareness
Family Services Crisis Center
Rogers Behavioral Health

Free virtual group meetings available during the pandemic for Female Trauma and OCD and Anxiety
Prevent Suicide Fox Cities
Willow Creek Behavioral Health
Wisconsin Suicide Hotlines
Wisconsin Suicide Prevention
Presented in partnership by:

Center for Suicide Awareness
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh