This project will spark conversation about suicide5:52:00 AM
2. A festival; Sondeka Festival…well this is an annual festival by Creatives Garage that goes down every year, this year we are the charity they are supporting and we will be using this as an open space for these and many other conversations. The interesting part about this is, the lady who runs creatives and I without discussing got the semi colon tattoo on the same day. So that evening we get on FB and she asks me if I have ever heard about the project semi colon, I say yes and that I just got a tattoo and she says I also just got one…and you may just get one if you come to our tent at Sondeka.
3. A Spanish photographer; I know I am sounding more and more out there but that’s life, we need out there stuff to bring us back to life. Patricia Esteve contacted me asking about statistics and general info about suicide in Kenya after reading my blog. We got talking and she wanted to do some pictures but wasn’t sure how and after a lot of back and forth and truck loads of patience from her we came up with a project to document narratives through written, pictorial, audio and video (depending with person and how comfortable they are). We will then go round the country and world exhibiting this work and sparking those conversations about suicide and mental health.
4. A British Lady who worked at Befrienders UK; 10th September is World Suicide prevention Day and in Kenya we have a branch of Befrienders International that offers a listening service. There is a lady who called me up who is volunteering with the Kenya office and she wanted us to be part of the Kenyan event and tis and the other 3 reasons mentioned about reaffirmed to me that its about time we opened these spaces.
Open spaces for people to have space for other things,
Open the space that is currently filled with shame and guilt,
Open the space to find closure and reconciliation,
Open spaces for you to know that you are not alone,
Open spaces for those who have lost loved ones,
Open spaces because every human deserves an open space.
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text my FREE #mentalhealth SMS helpline 22214 if you would like to share your narrative or that of someone you know who committed suicide and we will get in touch. (So far we have 10 people willing to share their narratives and we are looking to collect as many narratives as possible to spark conversations about this real but taboo issue...we'd like to put the statistics aside for a second and get the real narratives which we will share through photos and captions.PS: we won't show your face if you aren't comfortable but get a photographic representation of the narrative, we aren’t out to shame or guilt trip anyone, society has done a good job so far and my organization will provide the necessary psychological support if needed)
2. Share our call out here and your social media pages
3. Share the narratives we will put up
4. Attend our exhibitions starting with Sondeka
5. Volunteer time or space or refreshments to help organize the exhibition
I feel like this project might end being called Open Spaces, but any other titles. are welcome.