I am a Columbine Survivor who is launching a resource for those coping with trauma. AMA!
My name's Kathy Carlston and after graduating from Columbine, I became a visual effects artist. I've worked on feature films such as The Avengers, Oz: The Great and Powerful and R.I.P.D. After news reached me of the tragedies in Aurora, Newtown, Boston, etc, I had an idea that was heavily inspired by the Trevor Project's It Gets Better campaign. It occurred to me how IMMENSELY helpful it would have been in the months and years after Columbine to have the reassurance that It Gets Better and that I would eventually be okay. Even better, it would be perfect if I could have that reassurance in video form, where I could access it when I was ready, however many times I wanted, and in the comfort of my own home during the times when I was too depressed to get out of my PJs.
So, I've been gathering my film buddies and my high school buddies to start creating videos of hope, resilience and healing. Our goal is to build a library of resources for people who are coping with different forms of hardship and trauma. We'd like to interview people about a myriad of topics, including chronic illness, recovery from abuse, homelessness, support for veterans, human trafficking, and more.
Find more information at http://resilienthope.org and AMA!
EDIT: Thanks for so many thoughtful and rad responses! Simply incredible. I'm taking a break to grab some noms. Be back in a bit to answer more questions!
EDIT2: I'm back and answering questions as fast as I can. Thanks again for your amazing responses!
EDIT3: Alrighty! I'm taking a break for the next while, but I'll pop in to answer what I can as I get the chance. Thanks again! :D
EDIT4: Hi! I'm going to keep answering questions throughout the day (Sunday 6/30) whenever I have time. ALSO I fixed a problem with [email protected] - it should be working now and I would love to hear your stories, or would love to hear from anyone who's interested in helping with the project. Thanks!