Living Proof Blog

Telling your stories: what keeps you going?

We often speak with advocates about the fortitude it takes to continue share personal experiences publicly–especially when those experiences arise from pain or trauma. Here, Lee Woodruff offers a powerful meditation on what keeps her going after 11 years.

And that is my proof.  The evidence that there’s still a story within me that bears telling. It just might have some juice left in it to help someone else get through the day, or remind them they’re not alone. And so I’ll keep telling it, because maybe the story is not done with me.

Guest Post: Ethics and Advocacy Performance

A guest post from Jen Tuder, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Her solo performance, Suicide Punchline, maps her experience of surviving her father’s loss to suicide. She has toured the show from San Francisco to Philadelphia.

Telling stories to advocate for social change is a compelling method of persuasion. Advocates use their personal stories as evidence. They use the peculiar influence of the “true story” to move audiences to take action. But like any powerful tool, advocacy stories can be used for good or for ill. 

Top 10 Tips for Sharing Your Story

We really like this short video created by the In Your Words Project, a partnership of Western University – Canada and Mind Your Mind.  The 10 Tips are guidelines that support youth in the process of telling their stories about living with a mental illness.