Emergency Sadness Survival Book
A pocket-sized mental health resource for those struggling with suicidal ideations.
Instructions and templates available on Instructables:
The cultural stigma associated with mental illness often prevents people who are depressed and suicidal from reaching out for help. Additional avenues of care can seem intimidating, and may not be utilized or even remembered in a time of crisis. This project was designed to both normalize the experience of mental illness by spreading awareness AND to serve as a passive, personalized suicide-prevention resource for the 8.3 million Americans who consider suicide each year (source).
Research was conducted to find what people wanted to hear, and what can be reassuring to people who are suicidal. Because people who might be using this template to assist a friend may not know how to prepare this content, a sample survey was prepared, and posted online as a reference. The sample survey is linked here, and screenshots are included below.
The Emergency Sadness Survival Book is available as an InDesign template, which can be modified and printed off specifically for the individual in question. The book includes rooms for quotes from friends, illustrating the value and importance of the user, and at the bottom of each page is the contact information from those friends.
The book is 3"x4", which is small enough to carry around in a pocket or purse, so that the user can always have it on hand. After initial publication, this resource was spread on multiple different forums. At least some people found it helpful, based on the comments that I received.
This resource is dedicated to Scout Schultz, the President of the GT Pride Alliance.