Storybook Project

Join us for our virtual book launch on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10, 2021)

We are excited to announce the official launch of What It Takes to Make It Through: Stories of Suicide Resilience and Loss, a collection of personal stories about suicide published through the Storybook Project.

Held on World Suicide Prevention Day and supported by the Ontario Brain Institute, this free virtual book launch will include a panel discussion with several of the book’s authors. There will also be a Q&A period and discussion about suicide prevention with authors and therapists. Attendees will automatically be entered into a book raffle generously supported by Caversham Booksellers, and the first 50 registrants who attend will also receive a $10 UberEats gift card!

Read more about the launch event and register at

What is 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.

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, and will be available from other booksellers worldwide in September 2021. Check back here for purchase links!

100% of the proceeds from this book will go to the ASR Program to support suicide research and education initiatives.

Watch the book trailer here: