In their own voices

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Why We Build: Stories of Survivors of Suicide Attempts in Lane County, OR

Why We Build (2022) features the stories of 16 survivors of suicide attempts in Lane County, OR. Roughly every three days, someone dies by suicide in Lane County. When we talk about suicide, we break down stigma and build up trust, empathy and understanding. See photographs and listen to stories in each participant's own words at whywebuild.org.

Russell Moncrief hugs daughter Azlyn after talking about how they both have been impacted by his suicide attempt in 2002.

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Leo Stock in his living room in Boonville, MO, where he is learning to live without his wife of 63 years.

Leo Stock, Boonville, Missouri

During the 71st Missouri Photo Workshop in Boonville, Missouri, in 2019, I documented then-89-year-old Leo Stock's life after the death of his wife of 63 years, Judy. Leo also agreed to speak on tape to record the story of his life with Judy in his own words.

In Leo's Words
See the final edit of Leo's story in photographs HERE

Radio Stories for KLCC, NPR for Oregonians

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Lack of Water for Hygiene Can Perpetuate Homelessness

June 10, 2019 - Kris McAlister talks about the experience of being homeless and lacking access to water for hygiene. This audio story was done in collaboration with the UNESCO Crossings Institute and KLCC.

Kris McAlister talks about his experience with homelessness.

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There's a Lack of Access to Clean Water for Many Homeless in Eugene

Jan. 11, 2019 - Access to clean water for hygiene and sanitation is often tied to housing. For homeless people in Eugene, Oregon and beyond, lack of adequate housing nearly guarantees a lack of access to running water for sanitation and hygiene. This audio story was done in collaboration with the UNESCO Crossings Institute and KLCC.

Tracy Joscelyn and Nathan Showers talk about the experience of securing water for hygiene as people experiencing homelessness in Eugene.