What is the Storybook project?
The ASR Suicide & Depression Studies Program is looking for individuals who:
- have attempted or contemplated suicide and have chosen to live
- are survivors of suicide loss
- have someone they care about who has made an attempt
These individuals are invited to share their experience in a short story, in order to empower those touched by suicide through creativity and educate the public. Select stories will be published in a book.
Who can participate?
- Authors must be aged 18+
- Previous writing experience is an asset but not necessary
- Submission must be based on personal experience
- Option to publish anonymously or under a pseudonym
Where will these stories go?
After review, all accepted submissions will be published online. A select number of stories will be incorporated into a printed book, the profits of which will go to the ASR Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies. Stories will be chosen to reflect different perspectives and types of experiences.
- Spread awareness of suicide and mental health issues
- Decrease the stigma associated with suicide
- Encourage conversation about these important issues
- Remind those in similar situations that they are not alone
- Help to encourage personal healing through creativity
All proceeds will support community outreach and research initiatives at the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Suicide and Depression Studies program at St Michael’s Hospital.
Story submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared their story with us.
Please check back for updates about book production and release.