Dese'Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae L. Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a survivor of nine years of self-injury and a suicide attempt catalyzed by an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. It was these personal experiences that spurred the creation of Live Through This, a series of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors. Dese'Rae has spoken at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College, and the University of Texas at Austin. She has provided commentary for BBC World Have Your Say and HuffPost Live. Her writing has been published by Yahoo! and Cosmopolitan. Live Through This has been featured in the New York Times, Associated Press, Curve Magazine and the Boston Globe, among others.

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