1. Thank you.

    Read about the Dreams Untitled Project here.

    Yesterday, individuals across America (and some internationally) took to the streets with sidewalk chalk in hand. And they created visions of hope.

    A tiny idea that started back in 2005 with a small piece of sidewalk chalk turned into a message of hope heard thousands of miles away.

    Thank you for sending out a message of hope.

    Because of you and your efforts, Dreams Untitled and suicide-prevention was featured in the Huffington Post back in December. Read the article here

    The project was featured on various sites and blogs, all opening up dialogue about suicide-prevention. Individuals from New Hampshire to Oklahoma City to the West Coast to all the way across seas (we’ve heard word about similar projects to be organized in Vancouver & the UK) took part.

    Individuals began to open up dialogue on suicide, suicidal thoughts, suicide-prevention, and HOPE. Some individuals were inspired to create projects of their own.

    Yesterday, stigmas were shattered as individuals broke the silence and came together to  talk about their own experiences. 

    Thank you for your participation. Thank you for your compassion and inspiration.

    Since this is an annual event, we’ll see you next year. 

    In the meantime, please check out our other suicide-prevention campaign: The You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project.

    Also, please see our list of suicide-prevention resources. Please also take a moment to read Dr. Kathleen Young’s article on the importance of suicide-prevention awareness.

    Thank you.

  2. "The Sensation of Sight" Filmmakers Team Up with Keene State & Samaritans NH for April 21st Dreams Untitled Showing

    Read about the Dreams Untitled Project: A national suicide-prevention campaign creating hope through mural art.

    From the makers of The Sensation of Sight: (Complete information and more can be found here on our website at www.thesensationofsight.com/s-o-s)

    When we produced “The Sensation of Sight” in 2006, took it to festivals around the world, and then signed with our distributor Monterey Media who released it theatrically and on DVD in 2008, we had no idea that today we’d be involved in a totally unexpected project…

    SOS: Survivors of Suicide and The Sensation of Sight

    Throughout the last few years, many people have told us that watching the film had somehow helped them with their grief at losing a friend or family member to suicide. 

    Then, several months ago, the Suicide Prevention Council (SPC) of New Hampshire, under the auspices of the National Alliance of Mental Illness in New Hampshire, contacted us to see if we’d allow them to show the film as a vehicle for discussion. They’d screened dozens of films made in the last several decades, they told us, and selected selected two: “The Sensation of Sight” and “Ordinary People,” winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 1980. 

    Of course we said yes, if the film could help people we’d be happy to do whatever we could to facilitate that. So the SPC applied for and was awarded a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to hold free public screenings of the film followed by facilitated discussions in a program titled “A Discourse on Suicide through Film.” 

    The first two screenings will be held this weekend—

    Saturday, March 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry, NH. 

    Sunday, March 21, from 1-4 p.m., at the Portsmouth Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, NH.

    After the screenings, which are open to the public, there will be discussions led by Humanist Maren Tirabassi. I’ll be present, along with “The Sensation of Sight” writer/director Aaron Wiederspahn, my partner at Either/Or Films.

    Because of the interest among people working with suicide survivors, the Samaritans will be sponsoring another screening of “The Sensation of Sight” on April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Putnam Theatre on the Keene State College campus, Keene, NH. 

    The April 21 screening is part of a national suicide awareness day sponsored by colleges all across the country in a project called Dreams Untitled.

    The discussion following that screening will be moderated by Cilla Dehotman of the Samaritans. Aaron and I will also be attending.

    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimates that someone in the United States dies every 16 minutes from suicide and that a suicide attempt occurs every minute.

    If you know someone who is a suicide survivor—or an organization that might be interested in learning more about the SOS project and sponsoring a screening—please forward them this email. Thankyou.

    Complete information and more can be found here on our website at www.thesensationofsight.com/s-o-s

  3. Suicide-Prevention Resources

    Read about the Dreams Untitled Project: A national suicide-prevention campaign creating hope through mural art.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

    Lifeline for Hearing or Speech Impaired (requires TTY Equipment)1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

    Active Minds 
    Website: http://activeminds.org
    Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/yh7x3w9
    Twitter: @active_minds

    From website: Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

    Send Silence Packing Campaign (from website): Send Silence Packing is an exhibit of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college student lives lost to suicide each year. Active Minds Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide. By displaying backpacks with personal stories of loved ones that put a ‘face’ to lives lost to suicide, Send Silence Packing carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but also about saving the lives of students, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends across the nation. Contributions serve as a meaningful outlet for survivors’ grief as well as a powerful way to raise awareness and work towards suicide prevention.


    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
    Website: http://afsp.org
    Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/ykocnxl
    Twitter: @afspnational

    From website: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.


    Jed Foundation
    Website: http://jedfoundation.com
    Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/ye2zgzw
    Twitter: @jedfoundation

    From website: The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research to produce and advance initiatives that:
    • Decrease the stigma surrounding emotional disorders and increase help-seeking in the college student population
    • Increase understanding of the warning signs of suicide and the symptoms of emotional disorders among college students
    • Build awareness of the prevalence of suicide and emotional disorders among college students
    • Strengthen campus mental health services, policies, and programs

    Samaritans (New Hampshire)

    Website: http://samaritansnh.org

    From website: As Samaritans, we strive to reduce the incidence and impact of suicide through programs that befriend, support and educate the community while offering anonymity and treating all individuals with care, dignity and respect.

    Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    Website: http://www.sprc.org

    From website: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.


    To Write Love on Her Arms 
    Website: http://twloha.com
    Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/yhfa4xm
    Twitter: @twloha

    From website: To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.


    Trevor Project: 
    Website: http://thetrevorproject.org
    Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/y9e74ld
    Twitter: @trevorproject

    LGBTQ Youth Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-Trevor

    From website: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. 

    The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. If you or a friend are feeling lost or alone, call The Trevor Helpline. There is hope, there is help.

    You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project:

    Website: http://chalkmessages.org.

    Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/y8fxezr

    From the founders of the Dreams Untitled Project, the You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project is an annual, nationwide suicide-prevention initiative that combats hateful rhetoric aimed at the LGBTQ community through positive, affirming chalk messages.

  4. Update

    Dreams Untitled is currently in the process of contacting hundreds of universities, art departments, suicide-prevention organizations, artists, art-based organizations and more.

    In the meantime, we ask for your help getting the word out. 

    Dreams Untitled Project Blog: http://dreamsuntitledproject.tumblr.com

    RSVP and share on Facebook

  5. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    It’s a difficult time of year for many. Please remember: There is hope.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

  6. Dreams Untitled Project

    A suicide is attempted in the United States every minute.

    Help raise awareness about suicide-prevention advocacy.

    Dreams Untitled

    Blog: http://dreamsuntitledproject.tumblr.com

    RSVP on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/ycox2wr

    What:

    April 21st, 2010 - Individuals all across the nation (and some internationally) will come together to open up dialogue on suicide and suicide-prevention awareness.

    Dreams Untitled is a national campaign calling on individuals to create inspiring sidewalk chalk murals in public areas such as parks, university courtyards, town & city courtyards, sidewalks, and more (note: please obtain proper permission to chalk).

    Each chalk mural is the artist’s own interpretation of hope. It is a personal creation capturing the essence of what dreams tomorrow may bring. A personal story encouraging others to keep pushing. A story that shines light on the potential and hope that the future holds.

    On the night of April 21st, we are asking Dreams Untitled participants to organize local vigils to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.

    We also ask all participants to speak out about suicide statistics and raise awareness of suicide-prevention advocacy in your area. Reach out. Share your story. Write to your community newspaper or tell your loved ones. Tell people why you are participating in Dreams Untitled and why it is so important to share hope.

    Dreams Untitled will also be highlighting the efforts of national and local suicide-prevention organizations on our project blog. It is our hope to help raise awareness of the efforts being made for suicide-prevention.

    When:

    Chalk murals are to be created at any point during the day of April 21st, 2010. Time and location is left up to each participating group and muralist.

    The design of each mural is left up to the artist. Every mural is a personal creation and vision of hope.

    Vigils are to be organized on the night of April 21st, 2010. Time, location, and event structure is left up to each organizer. 

    We are purposely leaving room for all participating individuals, organizations, and universities to make Dreams Untitled something of their own.

    (Note: If rain is scheduled for your area, do not worry. Pick up a can of clear acrylic spray coating. Pat the ground with a towel before drawing your mural. Press hard with the chalk. Spray clear acrylic coating over the mural immediately after it is finished. This will help protect it from the rain).

    Email & Blog:

    April 21st, 2010 is the launch of this annual, nationwide campaign. We want to help keep hope alive throughout the entire year by putting up pictures of your murals on our official project blog. We ask that all participants email pictures of their chalk murals to chalkmessages@gmail.com. 

    The project blog can be found at: http://dreamsuntitledproject.tumblr.com

    And finally, how did Dreams Untitled begin?

    Dreams Untitled is taken from a journal entry of a (then) college student.

    "So many dreams, experiences, and good things are yet to come in life. The future is filled with dreams still left untitled."

    This is the essence of Dreams Untitled: Reaching out to people of all walks of life and calling attention to the hopes, dreams, and potential that the future holds.

    Please join us in creating a small bit of hope.

    April 21st, 2010.

    http://dreamsuntitledproject.tumblr.com

    Check out our other nationwide campaign: The You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project: http://tinyurl.com/ybpvf4t

  7. Nationwide suicide-prevention awareness campaign.