HALIFAX – Suzanne Sagmeister has been affected by suicide her whole life.
Just a few years ago she had to tell her son that his father died by suicide, and the Canadian photographer says nearly everyone has been touched in some way.
“I come from a place of lived experience, which means I’ve been there,” she told NEWS 95.7.
Her new book Life After Dark illustrates the stories of a hundred Canadians touched by suicide – those who lost a loved one and those who survived an attempt.
Even though the stories in the book speak of tragedy, Sagmeister said there’s a message of hope within the pages.
“The clearest way to creating connection is when you share a story, and you have that ‘me too’ moment,” she said. “When you realize you’re not alone, there’s something comforting about that, and I think that’s where the hope comes from.”
She’ll be attending the Halifax Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day, which starts Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Victoria Park.