Today, we’re happy to take the step of welcoming your stories by video as well. With so many people marking World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow, it’s excellent timing.

This first story is from Misha Kessler, who hopes to found a nonprofit dedicated to organizing the voice of attempt survivors and making our needs known. It would be the first of its kind. He’s a recent college graduate who already has collaborated with groups such as Active Minds, the American Association of Suicidology and The Jed Foundation, and it’s safe to say he could represent the next generation of attempt survivors, who believe that you can be open about this experience without it affecting your future.

Misha “came out” in his Facebook status on the two-year anniversary of his attempt. “Funny, since then, I haven’t been as scared to talk about it,” he says. “I try to be tasteful in telling people what happened. I felt if it’s not prefaced by anything, that could definitely turn people off in a way, make them uncomfortable, so to me, it’s definitely about presenting it in a calm, digestible way.”

He suggested naming this video stories project “Reject the Silence,” and we agreed that, as with the rest of this blog, the stories should reflect reality. Whether you’re finding your way through recovery or can say, “I conquered my depression,” your stories are welcome, starting now. As always, we encourage you to use your name.

Here is Misha’s video, which he originally filmed during casting for a separate project, plus a screenshot of his Facebook status:

Blurred Name Status