A suicide prevention campaign uses photography to send a powerful message. Called The last Picture, he shares the last photo of someone before they died by suicide. The image is accompanied by a story about the person, told by the family or friends who shared it. The last Picture is the work of Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a UK-based charity. Through the project, the organization insists that “suicide does not always look suicidal”.
It is often not easy for someone to ask for help when they are in pain. According to the organization’s own research, 61% would find it difficult to tell someone if they were feeling suicidal. That is why The last Picture is so important; it shows that sometimes a smile is a mask, and it can make it difficult, if not impossible, to know that someone is having suicidal thoughts.
A look through the photo gallery brings this sad fact home. Among the 50 people included in The last Picture is Ravi, a man who died at the age of 30. “He was a talented photographer and hockey player,” wrote his sister, Lhara, “and this photo was taken at a social event with his hockey friends.
“He was my knowledgeable older brother, who always challenged me to be the best version of myself I could be. I wouldn’t be where I am without him. We had no idea that he suffered from depression until a few months before he committed suicide and even then we didn’t realize it was that bad.
CALM hopes that by starting conversations, we can all help prevent suicide. “By removing the stigma around suicide, we can make it an everyday conversation. Together, we can make it easier for everyone to talk about how they feel. Openly. Without judgement. Without shame. So that no one has to fight alone.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help. You can find a helpline in your area by visiting the International Association for Suicide Prevention Helpline. Starting July 16, if you’re in the United States, you can dial 988 to speak to a mental health professional, 24/7, in English or Spanish. Lifeline also uses Language Line Solutions to provide translation services in over 250 additional languages.
A suicide prevention campaign uses photography to send a powerful message. Called The last Picturehe shares the last photo of someone before they died by suicide.
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