OUR STORY

 

Meet the Founder

As a suicide loss survivor, I know how hard it can be to get support. I have lost three family members to suicide. When my son died by suicide, I met a grief I never imagined. Drawing and painting was an important part of my grieving process, it helped me to process emotions and to relax.. Starting a creative support group for suicide survivors seemed like the right thing to do, and I found a willing partner in the Arizona Artists Guild.

We started free monthly art workshops for suicide survivors at the Artists Guild studio in Feb. 2018, guided by professional artists. People are invited to bring their supportive friends and family members and enjoy an afternoon creating art. All supplies are provided and everyone takes their finished work home.

One participant said art class inspired her to make positive changes in her life. Another participant realized while making art she could talk about suicide without feeling sad. This is the power of creativity. Encouraged by the turn out and positive feedback, we want to provide more events to support as many people as we can reach.. Come join us at art class. Or start a program in your community! Check out this free Toolkit for inspiration. Together, let’s break the cycle of suicide with love, art and community.

Kristel Nielsen