Storybook Project

About the Storybook Project

The Storybook Project is an outreach initiative of the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg (ASR) Suicide & Depression Studies Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Canada. It aims to amplify the voices of those with personal experience with suicide, decrease stigma, and foster connection through storytelling. At the ASR, we put out a public call inviting people who have been touched by suicide through contemplation, attempt, or loss to share their unfiltered, personal journeys.

We received dozens of powerful submissions from across Canada and have worked together with the authors to compile them into the printed collection, What It Takes to Make It Through: Stories of Suicide Resilience & Loss. The stories are accompanied by essays about suicide prevention from practitioners in the field. In connecting with these powerful stories of loss, resilience, and hope, we invite you to shift your perceptions of suicide, and be open to the struggle and grief of others.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude all of the authors who contributed to this collection by sharing their stories.

Book Launch

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, we hosted the official book launch of What It Takes to Make It Through: Stories of Suicide Resilience and Loss. Supported by the Ontario Brain Institute and Caversham Booksellers, our free virtual book launch included a panel discussion with several of the book’s authors, as well as a Q&A period and discussion about suicide prevention with authors and therapists. Our sincere thanks to everyone who attended and showed support for this project. Event recording coming soon!

Where to Buy the Book

What It Takes to Make It Through is now available for purchase from the publisher’s website, Amazon, and Book Depository, Indigo, Caversham Booksellers, and more – a full list of retailers can be found here. All proceeds from the book will go back into the ASR Program to support suicide research and education initiatives.