We all want to advocate for causes that are important to us.
After all, that is how I started doing this project. I felt a calling to the cause and decided to do what I do best: podcasts.
Shortly after I started this project, I reached out to others to put their skillsets to work. I asked Sean Riorden and Aaron Provost to help with the logos and imagery. I gave them creative control so they could put their own feelings into it.
I asked Marine veteran Chadd Downing to write a song that resonated with my efforts. I told him that it needed to address veteran suicide and let him do the rest.
One of my followers on Twitter volunteered to take my uniforms and use them in an art project.
I want to inspire others to use their creative outlets as a way to address this issue – or any issue.
My podcast may not speak to every listener. Chadd’s song may not reach our entire audience. The art and imagery that surrounds this project may not be what people need. Maybe, just maybe, your creative outlet can touch them.
I want to challenge you to take your skillset, your talent, your creative outlet, and express your feelings toward this crisis. What does mental and emotional health mean to you? How did your suicide attempt affect your life? When you lost someone in your life to his or her own hand, how did you recover?
Put that message in a work of art. Put it into a song. Write about it. Talk about it. Paint it. Run through your city with the shirt that best describes these feelings. Find your medium and let it become your voice.
One creation will not save a million lives, but a million creations can. The more ways we can speak to those around us, the more those around us will listen.