suicide

Dese’Rae L. Stage for Live Through This

Amid the news of high profile celebrity taking their own lives, the Centers for Disease Control reports suicide rates have gone up across the United States.  Since 1999, Illinois has seen a 23-percent increase. 

Chicago author Kelley Clink tried to kill herself when she was 16, and several years later her younger brother, Matt, died by his own hand.

Reporter Maureen McKinney talked with Clink about the ways suicide has touched her life. Clink’s memoir, published in 2015, is called A Different Kind of Same.

Beth Martinez and her brother Ben Bloom
Courtesy Beth Martinez

The national conversation around gun violence generally centers around mass shootings, school shootings and gang activity. These problems need to be addressed, but may overshadow the largest group affected: suicide victims.


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Dese'Rae L. Stage is a suicide attempt survivor. She's open about that, and about her struggle with mental illness. She's a Philadelphia-based writer, speaker and photographer. An exhibit of her collected photography and oral history called "Live Through This" is on display at the Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois Springfield campus now thru October 19th.