My dear friends, Andrea Gibson and Kelsey Gibb, just launched an incredible project called Stay Here With Me:
The Madness Vase, AKA – The Nutritionist
let me say right now for the record,
I’m still gonna be here
asking this world to dance,
even if it keeps stepping on my holy feet.
You, you stay here with me, okay?
You stay here with me.
“For years, thoughts/attempts/completions of suicide have been present in both our personal and professional lives. Whether it’s struggles we have, difficulties our loved ones go through, or the experiences of those we work with – suicide has become an increasing presence in our lives and the lives of those around us.
The Madness Vase/Nutritionist was written in part as a response to this and to the It Gets Better campaign. There are times when “it gets better” is exactly what we need to hear – it encourages and lifts us up, offering us hope when we’re without. Conversely, there are times when it feels validating to hear that, yes, things are bad, and they might not get better for a while. Andrea had both messages in mind when writing the poem, in hopes of reaching people with what they needed to hear at that particular moment.
Conversations (at home, work, after shows) unearthed deep similarities in our stories and pain. We discovered a collective heartbreak and rage. We also found a shared desire to stay alive and to help others do the same – to want to do the same.
This site is how we’re working to prevent suicide, and you all inspired it. We will use this space to share stories of trauma, mental illness, of wanting to die, and of the art and other things that have kept/keep us here. We hope you’ll help us create a kind, judgment-free, safe place that will serve as a reminder for all of us that we are not alone.
You are not alone. Ever.
We are so glad you’re here; so thankful you’re alive. Please stay here with us.”