Stories of Help and Hope

Follow the instructions below to submit your interest in submitting a story of help and hope.


Complete the interest form at the bottom of this page.

  • Tell us a short version of your story in writing by using the form below.
  • Once your interest form has been reviewed, SAVE staff will send the official entry form.
  • You have until Dec. 1 to film and submit your video! Read the video information below.


Overview: In a 30 or 60 second video, tell us your story about a time you reached out to a friend, loved one, parent, child, colleague, or someone else who was struggling with an emotional crisis or thoughts of suicide, and how you were able to get them the help they needed.

Eligibility: Any person who has helped someone else through an emotional or suicidal crisis is eligible to submit a video. Final videos selected are decided by SAVE staff at their sole discretion.

Video specifications: Your videos will be used primarily on Facebook’s platform. If you’d like to read more about the video specifications before filming, click here. Otherwise follow the guidelines below.

  • Film on high quality video recording device if available to you (smart phones work fine).
  • Film during the day with plenty of daylight or in a well-lit area.
  • Film in a quiet space with minimal background noise.
  • Try to use a plain white or light color background without any pictures or decorations.

Video Content: In the video, please cover the following information:

  • What happened?
  • Who was involved (friend, sister, colleague, parent, etc.)?
  • What did you do to help (be specific)?
  • What was the end result?
  • How are things going now for the person who needed help? How are things going for you?
  • If there is one thing you want people to know about helping someone, what would it be?

Messaging Rules:

  • Exclude sharing specific information about the person’s life. Keep details broad.
  • Do NOT include suicide method or location if the person made a suicide attempt. If the person self-harmed, please do not describe how, but you may mention that they self-harmed.
  • Avoid conveying any idea that a suicide attempt was an appropriate or understandable reaction to the person’s situation.

Acceptable examples:

  • “My friend attempted suicide, and I helped him get through his first few weeks after his attempt.”
  • “My Dad was struggling with depression, and I went with him to his first therapy appointment.”
  • “My work colleague didn’t seem like herself for weeks, so I asked her if I could help with anything and she broke down and told me what was going on.”

Bad examples:

  • “My friend attempted suicide by trying to hang himself. After that I was there for him.”
  • “My Dad, Bob Smith, a prominent hedge fund manager, tried to kill himself by taking a handful of pills.”
  • “My mom was suicidal for weeks and there was nothing I could do to change her mind. After all the stress she was under, I get why she did it.”