This video collection is designed to provide comfort, education, and tools for those touched by suicide and mental illness. Many feature real-life individuals’ stories. We are grateful to all who have contributed their time, talent, and experiences to galvanize social change through digital media storytelling.
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Videos by Forefront Suicide Prevention
“Soar”: Laura Philip, MSW, is a psychiatric social worker and Forefront Community Organizer who lives with a mental illness. Please watch this 5-minute film to learn about her journey to finding meaning in life and tight-knit Forefront community.
Credits: Producer Jennifer Stuber | Cinematographer David Friedle
“Full Circle”: A true story about Brian Stephens, a teen who died by suicide. Learn about your role in suicide prevention, by watching his family’s efforts to heal while activating their Packwood community through community organizing, advocacy, and legislation.
Credits: Producer Jennifer Stuber | Director Rick Stevenson | Editor David Friedle
“Thunderstorm In My Brain”: Shot in Washington State, this short documentary film is the story of the kind, smart and quirky Palmer Burk who died by suicide at the tender age of 14. It is about the redemption and healing of a courageous mother and a sister who are telling their story to prevent other families from having to endure the trauma they did. The film raises awareness of a gravely ignored fact: gun deaths are a suicide prevention issue. It contains a call to action about the importance of safe storage of firearms and the need to remove the danger when loved ones are at risk for suicide.
Credits: Producer Jennifer Stuber | Director David Friedle and Jennifer Stuber | Editor David Friedle
“Three Love Stories”: This brief video depicts three love stories of families impacted by suicide. Please help us end the silence and break the stigma of this silent killer that claims a life every 13 minutes.
Credits: Created by MOYO Media Lab | Director: Devin Hermanson | Cinematographer: David Friedle
Videos we recommend
Grieving After a Suicide
Survivors of suicide loss sharing their journey through grief
These survivors of suicide loss each share their journey of grief through the loss of a loved one to suicide including navigating stigma and barriers to healing.
“Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College”
This is a clip from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s film about a brother and sister who lost their sister to suicide.
Struggling with Mental Illness/ Thoughts about Suicide
Do Not Leave, You Are Important
This is a clip from Team Now Matters Now featuring a mother who has lost her son talking about how important her son was to her and many others even though he struggled with realizing that while he was suicidal. This is a common misconception shared by people who struggle with suicidal thoughts.
Practice Loving Yourself, Retraining Your Brain
This is a clip from Team Now Matters Now featuring a woman who has struggled with feelings of worthlessness associated with feeling suicidal and how she has learned to reverse these thoughts by practicing positive self-talk on a daily basis.
Understanding Intense Emotions
This is a clip from Team Now Matters Now describing how different people experience intensity of emotion and the challenges it presents when that intensity is high. The clip ends with a message of hope that there is nothing wrong with people who live with a higher level of emotional intensity and that many have learned to navigate the world within this reality.
Getting Out of a Funk, Do Something Different
This is a clip from Team Now Matters Now featuring a woman who has struggled with suicidality and substance abuse in the past and has learned to fight it and find a purpose in life by acting the opposite of how her negative emotions are directing her.
You Belong: Music Video from Mental Health America of Texas
This music video features Casey McPherson of the band, Alpha Rev. His song, You Belong, has a message of hope that there is help if you are struggling.
Suicide Prevention Song “Try Again” by Seein
This music video featuring Seein is dedicated to suicide prevention for people who are struggling with mental illness and thoughts about suicide.
Stories of Hope and Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors Story Sampler
Told through the voices of three suicide attempt survivors, their families, and the professionals in their support network, each story recounts one person’s journey from a suicide attempt to the life of hope and recovery he/she is leading today. Developed jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Kevin Hines- Live at Sonoma State
Kevin Hine talks in 2010 at Sonoma State University, telling his story as a suicide attempt survivor and discussing the importance of suicide prevention and mental health.
2011 Suicide Prevention Conference: “Myths about Suicide” Dr. Thomas Joiner
Dr. Thomas Joiner dispels prevailing myths about suicide while teaching the latest theories in suicidology.
Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment
This video was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with SAMHSA and adapts contents from TIP 50, Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment. The video was created for professionals who work with people who are substance dependent with suicidal behaviors.
Dr. Brian Mustanski Presenting at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention LGBT Suicide Prevention Symposium – 2013
Dr. Brian Mustanski, PhD, leading researcherand Director of the IMPACT Center speaks at AFSP’s LGBT Symposium in 2013 about his research in suicide prevention for LGBT youth.
“Look, Listen, Link” – Youth Suicide Prevention Program
This video was developed by Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State; to be used in conjunction with middle school health curriculum.
Journalists and Persons Wishing to Influence News Media
SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance Dignity & Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health: The Power of the Media & It’s Impact on Mental Health Recovery March 2010 Teleconference
This teleconference teaches the impact, both positive and negative, that the media have on perceptions of mental health problems; learn about a successful, SAMHSA-funded initiative in Washington State that helped journalists to change their language and portrayals of mental health issues; and learn how to engage with local, State, and national news and entertainment media.
Brian Dyak, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) explains how to cover suicide carefully and help correct public misperceptions and myths. The 6-minute clip links to four others focused more broadly on mental health reporting. All are based on an expert panel at the 2013 RTDNA/SPJ Excellence in Journalism Conference and were produced through EIC’s TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment & Media) project in association with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Suicide Shouldn’t Be a Secret—Secret” PSA
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Suicide Shouldn’t Be a Secret—Secret” public service announcement.
Kevin Hines: SAMHSA 2009 Voice Awards
Kevin Hines shares his story as a suicide attempt survivor and of becoming a leading community advocate in suicide prevention after winning a SAMHSA 2009 Voice Award.
Teen Suicide Prevention
In this video created by Mayo Clinic, teens describe warning signs for suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe.
Gun Dealer Training
This 30 minute training program on what gun dealers, ranger masters, and gun owners can do to prevent suicide is presented by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, international suicide prevention expert, gun owner, and outdoor writer.
Tic Tac & Dude Got Back | What a Difference a Friend Makes
These short videos were developed as part of a national campaign launched in 2007 by SAMSHA seeking to reach adults ages 18-25 with a message of acceptance and understanding of mental illness. It seeks to encourage friends to offer their support to a friend who has been diagnosed with a mental illness.
Suicide Prevention Recourse Center’s Online Training
This is a link to SPRC’s Online Training catalog. SPRC provides suicide prevention training to service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials, and community-based coalitions to develop effective suicide prevention programs and policies.