Beyond The Basics Keynote: Dese'Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness activist. She's the creator of Live Through This, a collection of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors. Live Through This reminds us that suicide is a human issue by putting faces and names to the statistics that have been the only representation of attempt survivors in the past.


Dese’Rae has received awards for her work with Live Through This, including the SAMHSA (pronounced “SAMSA”) Voice Award, the SXSW (pronounced “south by southwest”) Community Service Award, the American Association of Suicidology’s inaugural Transforming Lived Experience Award, and Investigation Discovery’s Every Day Hero award. Live Through This has received media coverage from the New York TimesAssociated PressNPR, and more. Dese’Rae is featured in an upcoming documentary about suicide prevention advocates called “The S Word,” due out later this year.