A poem, a song, a drawing, a story, a photo, a sculpture, a video…
The ways we express ourselves are as complex as our struggles and as manifold as are our reasons to live.
Through an online exhibition, we want to break the silence around suicide and transform stories into messages of hope for those who feel trapped, for those who sense that dealing with life becomes more and more overwhelming and for those who want to support but are helpless as to how they can do so.
Help us raise awareness on suicide prevention in Jordan by submitting your creative reflections until DEADLINE.
Suicides can be prevented. Most people want to live. But for some, there are moments in
life that make us want to escape the pain and we feel like we have no place on earth. Every year, more people die by suicide than through car accidents, or through war and homicide combined. In many cultures it is hard to share how dark our feelings can be at times. But talking about them and experiencing that someone cares can generate hope and even save
This is why we invite you to share your story of hope, to help others understand what kind of support is needed the most in moments of pain. Your submissions will be screened ccording to the ethical guidelines below and with your consent, all contributions will become part of an online exhibition that aims at giving voice to everyone who cares and to provide information around suicide prevention.
In parallel, a group of persons with lived expertise will join a series of creative workshops accompanied by artists and mental health experts. Their inputs will also contribute to this exhibition.
Persons who have lived or are living with the risk of suicide know best what they need in
times of crisis, therefore…
If you care about others who are suffering,
If you had moments where you felt utterly alone,
If there was a time where you thought that life seems pointless,
If you have lost a friend, a family member, or a colleague to suicide,
If you managed to move through the pain and decided to stay,
If you have empowered a loved one to live,
If none of the above applies, but you would like to encourage and empower others to
…this is a great platform to inform and connect us as a society in supporting each other.
Your contribution will help to raise public awareness of the importance of prevention, which we hope will eventually make it easier for those who need care to find it. We also believe that expressing feelings through art is a unique opportunity for artists and their audience to discover, create, and understand meaning in a context where it is desperately needed. There will be no remuneration for submitting a work of art since we wish to encourage people to participate through a yearning to express themselves, and do not want to commercialise this initiative.
We have a responsibility for people who are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts, for people with lived experience, for every member in our society. When using inappropriate language or imagery around suicide, stigma, prejudice and fear might increase. This in turn can prevent people from seeking help, and even reaching out to help others, too.
Ended/ taken his/her/their own life
Die by/death by suicide
Attempted suicide/ suicide attempt
Person at risk of suicide
Suicide hotspots/ waves
Cry for help/ seeking attention
Successful/ unsuccessful/ failed attempt
The “body”, suicide victim
This project is a pilot initiative implemented and supported by the following agencies and programmes:
GIZ Regional Programme Psychosocial Support for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and IDP
GIZ Regional Programme Social Participation and Community Engagement by Youth- SPACE
GIZ Sector Project Forced Displacement
Regional Programme Psychosocial Support for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and IDP:
Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Insight for Suicide Prevention IASP Home – IASP
Anxiety, depression and suicide prevention support – Beyond Blue
LIVE LIFE: An implementation guide for suicide prevention in countries (who.int)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development
Tanja Gönner (Chair of the Management Board)