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 that benefit suicide loss survivors and attempt survivors. Our most successful program is free monthly art class, created in partnership with the Arizona Artists Guild. Art programs provide 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. As part of our mission, we use art as a vehicle to raise awareness about suicide and mental health issues.
We have developed a toolkit to support the development of similar programs and this toolkit is free to download on our website. Your Art Your Story is proud to be a resource about suicide and the effect it has on individuals, families and communities. We share our stories to help people understand the many ways they can support suicide survivors.