Suicide is a growing epidemic in the U.S. with over 44,000 people dying by suicide each year. Your Art Your Story exists to support families and children affected by suicide and provide them an opportunity to heal emotional trauma through art and community.
Your Art Your Story is developing programs we hope will benefit suicide loss survivors and attempt survivors during their recovery from trauma. Our most successful program is monthly art class in Phoenix, AZ, created in partnership with the Arizona Artists Guild. To see some photos from classes, visit our gallery page. This monthly event offers a great deal of relaxation and enjoyment to the participants, while giving them an opportunity to meet other survivors and share the bond of community.
We created a toolkit “Healing Through Art: Starting an Art Program for Suicide Survivors” to support the development of new art programs. (Download the toolkit.) Your Art Your Story is proud to be a resource about suicide and the effect of suicide on individuals, families and communities. We share our stories to help people understand the many ways they can support suicide survivors.