We have had suicidal thoughts and emotions and problems that felt unsolvable. Here are our stories, including research based ways for managing the most painful moments of life. We teach Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Opposite Action and Paced-breathing. These skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, proven to be helpful for people considering suicide. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling. You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools – they are useful for most people and many problems.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention



For Sharon Graves, Randy Tomlinson, and Adan and Aram Parker whose lives touched us deeply.

Thank You

Thank you to Julie Richards who kept this project afloat with her compassion and project execution skills. A special thank you to talents of Christian Sorensen Hansen, Bianco Artist Management, and Melissa Parson for video production and capturing beautiful footage.


The NIH Common Fund Research Collaboratory, the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provided funding for the projects that resulted in this resource. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily state or reflect those of the funding agencies. This site does not provide specific medical advice, but instead provides information that may be helpful. Consult with a qualified clinician for answers to your personal questions and for support using these skills. #MentalHealthMatters