The Sent(a)Mental Project is a collection of creative works - about, by, or for individuals or groups affected by suicide.
I am not a stranger to the issues brought up here. Unfortunately, I have lost many people to suicide and known many people too ashamed to raise their voices as psychiatric survivors. It is with this inspiration that I launch The Sent (a) Mental Memorial Project and the Mental (St)ealth Project. As The Names Project brought attention to AIDS or the National Organization of Womens' Clothesline Project documents violence against women -- the Sent (a) Mental and Mental (St)ealth Projects hope to bring visibility to mental health issues and draw much needed attention to the thousands of people lost within our community over the years due to overwhelming stigma and a lack of dialogue around these issues.
This is a standing invitation to send stories and pictures, etc to be included in this project -- about anyone that comes to mind or lives in your heart. In addition to pieces about those who have successfully committed suicide, I am including another section for survivor stories. I want to hear about and from LGBTIQA people who have survived attempts as well as from those who have loved us. I feel it is important for all of us to be represented and heard. The silence around these issues is killing us. If this project can save just one life that will be good enough, but I believe we have the power to save many. It is up to us - because from where I sit - nobody else is doing it.
I welcome a variety of expressions. Examples might include: painting, drawings, poetry, stories, photos, music, or even just a name and dates. Please, send me anything you would like in whatever form you find easiest to express yourself in.
I will be organizing showings and putting together zines of contributions.
THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES ARE EASY:
Deadline: This is an ongoing project with no official deadlines.
Always accepting submissions.
Medium: Examples include but not limited to ---
painting, drawing, sculpture, music, dance, zines,
photos, collage, poetry, writing, etc.
Size: Postcards, CDs, DVD, or up to 22" x 30" paper/canvas
(could be multiple pages and/or larger sizes if cleared
first to insure proper storage)
Other information that should be included with your submission:
* For my records I will need your contact information.
Including name, phone, mailing and email addresses.
* Please specify if you want your information posted so others
may contact you - and if so how do you want to be listed
* I will also need a name of who the submission is about.
I may get more than one submission about each person and
I want to possibly show the pieces together.
* The submissions can still be listed as anonymous if requested.
All submissions sent without accompanying information will
be listed as anonymous by default.
* In addition to names you may include birth/death dates,
obituaries, photos, and any other biographical information.
PLEASE SEND SUBMISSIONS AND DONATIONS TO:
for ed tyler 2006 ____ submitted by dylan scholinski
For Lillian Grace Marlowe
Lily Marlowe committed suicide on March 5th, 2007. I was not acquainted with her. I did not even know what she looked like but she left her suicide note for all of us to read. She will live on in her writings. No one can tell her what to do now…
Painting By – Sandra Azcarate
for lillian grace marlowe ________ submitted by sandra azcarate