The Writer’s Suicide Prevention Project


The Writers Suicide Prevention Project is J. Powell Ogden’s response to the loss of creative writers to suicide.  She hopes to learn more about how writers succumb to suicide and discover tools to help writers who may be at risk.  She will be posting her findings on and eventually compiling them in book form.


The Mission of The Writer’s Suicide Prevention Project is to shatter the idea of the inevitable self-destruction of the “tortured writer.”   Our goal is to survey researchers and clinicians regarding depression, suicidal ideation and addiction in creative writers, poets, screenwriters, songwriters and comic book creators, interview survivors about what works and what doesn’t, develop tools and find resources for those still suffering and present our findings to the creative community at large.

If you are a researcher, clinician, prevention specialist or survivor and would like to share your experience with us, please contact us at